April 9, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team defeated UCF, 7-5, Sunday to sweep the series at George Ward Park. Sophomore Holly Krzan went 2-for-4 with four RBI to highlight the Blazers in the series finale. UAB caps off its second conference sweep this year and improves to 10-5 in Conference USA. The Blazers move to 24-16 on the year, while UCF drops to 13-29.
"We had several come-from-behind wins this weekend and it feels good to come away with the series sweep," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "Holly (Krzan) came through today with a huge three-RBI shot to the gap that gave us a big lift. Lindsay (Stanley) also had a breakout weekend at the plate. We played solid throughout the series and this gives us momentum heading into the Southern Miss this weekend."
UCF capitalized on a lead off walk and a bunt single in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. In the inning, Breanne Javier had an RBI single with no outs to score Amber Lamb from second base.
The Blazers rallied back with five runs in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Nicole Whitlock walked to start off the inning for UAB. Junior Allison Davis followed with a one out single to the pitcher that advanced Whitlock to second. Senior Chelsea McCall walked to load the bases for Krzan. Krzan lined a double to right center clearing the bases and giving UAB its first lead, 3-2.
UAB added another run in the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Blazers got back-to-back singles by Davis and junior Lindsay Stanley to open the inning. Krzan came through again for the Blazers hitting her second double of the game to left center field that score Davis.
The Golden Knights fought back in the fifth inning and scored two runs on three hits. In the inning for UCF, Kacie Feaster singled and Lamb hit an RBI double down the left field line.
The Blazers final run came in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch that scored Stanley. Stanley had the only hit in the inning after leading off with a bunt single. UCF committed two errors but managed to strand three UAB runners on-base.
In the seventh inning, UCF attempted to come back after scoring a run but UAB reliever Brittany Hodge managed to get Shelly Frick to fly out to center field to end the game.
Sophomore Jennifer Nelson and Hodge handled the pitching duties for the Blazers. Nelson was the pitcher of record for UAB improving to 11-7 overall. Nelson started the game and threw five innings allowing four runs on seven hits. Hodge came on in relief to pitch the final two innings picking up the save.
Allison Kime took the loss for UCF and dropped to 9-13 this season. Kime gave up seven runs on eight hits in the game while striking out seven.
Offensively, Stanley had two bunt singles in the game going 2-for-4 with a run. Krzan was productive hitting two doubles accounting for four RBI.
The Blazers return to action next weekend for a three-game series on the road at Southern Miss. The series is scheduled to start Friday with a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. at the Southern Miss Softball Complex. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.