Megan McGrath hit her team-leading 12th home run of the season on Tuesday night, as the UAB softball team shut out Jacksonville State, 4-0.
April 1, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB scored four two-out runs and Lannah Campbell threw her second shutout of the season, as the UAB softball team (21-14, 8-4 C-USA) defeated Jacksonville State, 4-0, Tuesday night at the UAB Softball Field.
“Lannah (Campbell) was ready tonight,” head coach Marla Townsend said. “She wants the ball now and she’s got the confidence that it takes to be successful. She trusts her defense and we had some amazing plays behind her tonight. She’s moving the ball extremely well and going at hitters and not giving any freebies. I love the way she’s trusting her defense and her presence in the circle.”
Campbell provided another dominant pitching performance in the circle for UAB to improve her season record to 7-6. She allowed six hits, struck out five and didn’t allow a walk in her eighth complete game performance of the season.
In her last five games she hasn’t given up a walk and has allowed just four earned runs over her past 32 innings pitched with 28 strikeouts. Tiffany Harbin was tagged with the loss for Jacksonville State after allowing four runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work.
UAB totaled six hits on the night, led by Danii Fernandez’ two. She finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Caitlin Attfield (one RBI), Megan McGrath, Amy Dennis and Ashley Johnson each added a hit for UAB. Megan McGrath hit her team-leading 12th home run of the season and Dennis hit her second of the year (both against Jacksonville State).
“We saw Lipscomb earlier in the year and took them extra innings,” Townsend said. “Looking at that, the girls are excited knowing they get that rematch. There’s a lot of teams we faced earlier in the year that maybe we didn’t play our best ball against, so the fact that we get to see them where we’re at right now is exciting.”
UAB 4, Jacksonville State 0
The Blazers got on the board first for the 17th time this season, scoring a single run in the third to take a 1-0 lead. Ashley Johnson singled to right field on a 2-2 pitch and following a hard lineout from Amy Waters to right, Caitlin Attfield reached first on a fielder’s choice. Danii Fernandez came through with one of her two hits on the day with a single to JSU’s diving left fielder, a ball that rolled to the wall to allow Fernandez to advance to third and score Attfield from first.
UAB added insurance runs in the sixth inning with a three-run frame to seal the win on two home runs and an RBI single. Following two-straight putouts to begin the frame, Megan McGrath homered to left field, her 12th of the season, to put UAB up 2-0. Amy Dennis gave UAB back-to-back home runs with a solo shot of her own to center field to increase the UAB lead to 3-0. The Gamecocks pulled their starter as Johnson and Amy Waters both walked, before Attfield came through with an RBI single to center field to score the fourth and final run of the game.
For the latest news on Blazer sports, follow the UAB Athletics Twitter account, @UABathletics. For an in-depth look into the UAB softball program and in-game updates, follow @UABsoftball on Twitter and Instagram.