March 24, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. --- The UAB softball team jumped out to an early lead here Friday against Marshall but could not overcome a seventh inning rally by the Herd as the home team prevailed by a 3-2 score.
Marshall capped a come-from-behind Conference USA victory with an infield ground ball with two outs to score the game-winning run from third. UAB falls to 18-8 overall and 5-2 in conference. Marshall improves to 17-14 and 5-1 in C-USA.
"I have to give a lot of credit to Marshall for coming up with the hits," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "We scored early in the first and second innings but then we hit a dry spell. We have to be able to keep hitting the ball as well as we did the first two innings. It was a very even ballgame and we look forward to coming out and playing better tomorrow."
UAB scored first in the opening inning after senior Chelsea McCall hit her third triple of the season down the left field line. McCall plated the first run on a passed ball by Rachel Folden.
The Blazers added to their lead in the second inning. Sophomore Leigh Walker led off the inning with a single down the left field line. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a single by freshman Jacy Leon. With two outs and two runners on base, junior Lindsay Stanley slapped a hot shot between the legs of Marshall third baseman Leigh Wintter to score Walker.
In the seventh inning, Marshall got a single by Sara Spenia through the left side of the infield with one out. Courtney Kacenga sacrificed Spenia to second to put two outs on the board. Spenia advanced to third on a pass ball and scored with two outs on a hard hit ball to the shortstop by Ashley Mitchell.
Sophomore Jennifer Nelson handled the pitching duties for the Blazers in game one. Nelson threw 6.2 innings striking out seven allowing three runs on five hits. With the loss, Nelson falls to 8-2 overall
Five different Blazers came up with hits against the Herd. McCall went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while sophomore Walker was 1-for-3. The other three hits for the UAB were collected by Amanda Antonovich, Leon and Stanley.
UAB and Marshall will finish the series Saturday in a doubleheader at Dot Hicks Field. The doubleheader is set to start at 1 p.m. ET weather permitting. Complete coverage of UAB athletics can be found at www.uabsports.com.