Blazers take two-of-three from first-place Tulsa.
April 2, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team dropped an eight inning, 6-4, decision Sunday against Tulsa in the series finale at George Ward Park. The Blazers won two of the three games over the weekend against the Golden Hurricane. The Blazers fell to 20-15 overall and 7-5 in Conference USA. Tulsa improved to 24-12 on the year and 9-3 in the conference.
"Offensively we got the job done but we made some key errors that you can't do against a good team like Tulsa," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "I'm very proud of the fact that we won the series but we know we still have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be."
The Blazers got on the board first in the opening inning after freshman Andrea Rogers hit her sixth home run of the season over the left field fence. The two-run shot gave UAB its first lead of the game.
TU started to chip away at the Blazer lead in the fourth inning. The Golden Hurricane scored a run on an RBI single by junior Angela Osbon.
The Blazers extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. UAB battled for a run after sophomore Leigh Walker led off the inning with a single to center field. Walker stole second base and was sacrificed to third by sophomore Amanda Antonovich. Freshman Kayla Harris singled through the right side of the infield to score Walker from third.
The Golden Hurricane rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth to pull within a run of UAB. TU got back-to-back singles by Julie Shafer and Katie Torres to lead off the inning. Shafer and Torres both came around to score later in the inning.
With two outs in the final inning of play, Shafer tripled down the right field line to score Stephanie Chomicki, who pinch ran for LeeAnne Pepper. Pepper led off the inning with a single to center field. UAB got out of the inning but the game remained tied at four.
TU won the game in the top of the eighth inning after UAB walked to first two batters. With two runners on and no outs, Jessica Barr sacrificed the runners into scoring position. Osbon hit the game-winning single to left field to score Sara Dyer from third. The Golden Hurricane scored another run in the inning and took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the inning.
Despite making solid contact the Blazers could not overcome the late rally by TU.
Krzan led UAB at the plate going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Walker also had two hits going 2-for-4 in the game. UAB collected eight hits in the game.
Sophomore Jennifer Nelson took the loss for UAB and fell to 9-6 overall. In the series against TU, Nelson went 1-1 with 27 strikeouts. In game one of the series, she set a new single-game record for most strikeouts in a game with 16.
Osbon had two hits for the Golden Hurricane including two RBI. Katie Lee was the pitcher of record for TU after throwing the final three innings. Lee improved to 4-2 on the year.
UAB will return to action this Thursday against Georgia State in a mid-week doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. at George Ward Park. Complete coverage of UAB athletics can be found at www.uabsports.com.