April 1, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- UAB sophomore Jennifer Nelson set a new single-game school record with 16 strikeouts in game one to highlight the Blazers doubleheader sweep of first-place Tulsa Saturday at George Ward Park. Nelson led the Blazers to a 2-1 victory in game one and it took three-run home run by freshman Kayla Harris in the fourth inning to win game two, 4-3. UAB moves to 7-4 in Conference USA and 20-14 overall this season. TU falls to 8-3 in the conference and 23-12 overall.
"We are glad to be back home after a long road trip," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "We took our lumps on the road trip but we made a decision on whether we were going to keep stumbling or use our experiences as a stepping stone. We came up with some big hits today and played well all around. This team has always had a lot of confidence and today it really showed. It really came down to who played harder for seven innings and we were able to win two. We look forward to the final game of the series tomorrow."
The Blazers snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win in game one. UAB scored first in the second inning after sophomore Amanda Antonovich led off with a walk. Junior Allison Davis followed with another walk to put runners at first and two with one out. Senior Chelsea McCall came through with a two-out RBI single up the middle to score Shundale Thomas, who was running for Antonovich.
Davis gave UAB the win on a double down the left field line that scored sophomore Leigh Walker from second base in the sixth inning.
Nelson dominated the Golden Hurricane only allowing three TU batters to reach base, while striking out 16. With the win, Nelson improves to 9-5 overall and set the UAB record for strikeouts in a game.
UAB had four different players record a hit. Davis and McCall both had RBI's for the Blazers.
Maren Genow takes the loss in the circle for Tulsa and fell to 12-5 overall. The Golden Hurricane only collected two hits.
TU jumped out to an early lead in game two. In the first inning, Tulsa rallied to score two runs after the first four batters walked. One of the runs came home on a bases loaded walk while the other run scored on an error.
UAB trailed 2-0 until the fourth inning. The Blazers came through with three straight singles to load the bases with no outs. Antonovich hit a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Rogers to score from third. Both of the runners advanced to second and third on the throw home. Harris hit a three-run home run over the left field fence to clear the bases and give UAB the win.
TU came up with a run in the fifth inning but could never recover after the home run by Harris. In the game, Harris threw five innings allowing three runs on five hits. Nelson came on in relief and pitched the final two innings to get the save.
Harris also led UAB at the plate in game two. She went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. The middle of the lineup was productive was well. Rogers, Nicole Whitlock and Walker all had hits.
Julie Fennell took the loss for TU after throwing six complete innings. The Golden Hurricane was held to just five hits.
The series will conclude Sunday with a single game starting at noon at George Ward Park. Complete coverage of UAB athletics can be found at www.uabsports.com.