March 30, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. --- The UAB softball team dropped both games of doubleheader Wednesday afternoon to No. 7 Oregon State in Corvallis. OSU won game one by a score of 6-0 and came alive offensively in game two winning, 17-0. UAB fell to 18-14 overall, while the Beavers extend their winning streak to 27 straight games and improve to 27-2 on the season.
UAB battled in game one against the Beavers. The Blazers held the No. 7 team in the country to just one run in the first four innings. Although UAB only collected two hits in the game they still had an opportunity to win the game late. It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth that OSU extended its lead.
In the fifth inning, the Beavers hit a double and two single to score two runs. The final three runs of the game for OSU came in the sixth inning after walking twice and hitting two doubles. The Beavers held on to the shutout winning, 6-0.
Senior Chelsea McCall had both of the hits for UAB. McCall went 2-for-3 in the game against Beavers ace Brianne McGowan.
McGowan (15-1) pitched a two-hit shutout against the Blazers picking up her 15th win of the year. DeAnn Young led OSU at the plate going 2-for-3.
UAB sophomore Jennifer Nelson (8-5) pitched five innings giving up three runs on six hits. Nelson took the loss despite being relieved by junior Brittany Hodge. Hodge pitched an inning of relief allowing three runs on three hits.
The Beavers dominated game two of the doubleheader. OSU scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning to cruise to the victory. The Beavers scored a run in the second inning but it was the nine runs posted in the third inning that extended the lead to 17-0. OSU held on to its 17 run lead and run-ruled the Blazers. The loss was the worst in UAB school history.
McCall had the only hit for the Blazers in the game. She went 1-for-1 after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.
Ta'Tyana McElroy was the winning pitcher for OSU after throwing five complete innings of one hit ball. Offensively, the Beavers belted two home runs in the game collecting 16 hits.
The Blazers return to action this Saturday against Tulsa in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The three-game series will conclude Sunday with a single game at noon. All the games will be played at George Ward Park in Birmingham. Complete coverage of UAB athletics can be found at www.uabsports.com.