April 6, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Freshman Andrea Rogers belted a game-winning solo home run in game two to help UAB defeat Georgia State, 1-0 and split in a doubleheader Thursday at George Ward Park. The Blazers (21-16) rallied in game one but fell short losing, 8-5. Freshman pitcher Kayla Harris was stellar in the nightcap shutting out the Panthers and holding them to only two hits. UAB collected six hits in game two while not striking out once.
"That's the best practice we could possibly get hitting off live pitching," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "I'm proud of the way we battled back in game one and hit the ball well all day. Kayla (Harris) pitched an outstanding game and offensively we put the ball in play. Andrea (Rogers) came through with the game-winning shot that really gave us a lift. This was great for us heading into a weekend series with UCF."
Offensively, GSU (14-21) scored three runs in the third and fourth innings to take game one. The Blazers chipped away at the led with a run in the fourth inning and four more in the sixth but could not overcome the early lead by the Panthers. GSU added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win, 8-5.
Game two of the doubleheader was a pitcher's dual between two freshmen. Kayla Harris went the distances for UAB shutting out the Panthers and holding them to just two hits. Harris improved to 8-4 on the year, while Chelsey Morgan of GSU fell to 2-5.
Rogers's solo home run in the bottom of the third inning of game two proved to be a game-winner. The home run over the left field fence ties her for the single-season record for most long balls. Rogers pulls even with former UAB standout Cliffanie Engram, who hit seven long balls during the 2001 season.
The Blazers return to action this weekend against UCF in a three-game series starting Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. with all the games being played at George Ward Park. For complete coverage of UAB athletics visit www.uabsports.com.