UAB Loses Lead, Drops Two At Tulsa

April 10, 2009

Tulsa 4, UAB 2 | Tulsa 3, UAB 2

TULSA, Okla. - After building a 2-1 lead in the first game and a 2-0 lead in the second game, the UAB softball team fell to Tulsa here on Friday afternoon. The Golden Hurricane was able to come from behind and win, 4-2 and 3-2, respectively.

With the two losses, UAB falls to 12-26 overall and 4-13 in Conference USA. Tulsa improves to 25-14 on the year and 9-4 in league play.

In the first game of day, Tulsa was able to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning off two hits. Lauren Lindey reached base on a double through the left side and Lauren Menke hit a RBI single up the middle.

In the third inning, the Blazers were able to load the bases after Caley Walden doubled and Catherine Douglass and Amanda Allen drew back-to-back walks. Laura Callaway was able to hit a fly ball that dropped into right field scoring Walden to tie the game, 1-1.

The Golden Hurricane was able to load the bases in fourth inning on three hits. With one out, the Blazers were able to make a forced out at the plate and Skylar Swanson popped up to shallow left field to end the inning before any runs could cross the plate.

UAB took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning after Laura Callaway hit a ground ball to left field. Callway was able to advance to second on a throwing error and eventually score on another throwing error by Tulsa.

The Golden Hurricane came right back in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2, with a solo home run by Christian Timmons. Tulsa proceeded to score two more runs in the inning after a bases-loaded wild pitch and an infield ground ball for the 4-2 victory.



Amber Torres picked up the loss and fell to 4-5 on the year. Torres gave up nine hits, three walks and struck out two in 5.1 innings of work.

In the second game, things were slow through the first two innings until a Douglass's single up the middle scored Landrum in the third inning. Allen followed up with a single to left field and Walden was able to score for a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Tulsa cut the lead in half, 2-1, when Stephanie Chomicki hit foul out to right field and Brooke Smart was able to score from third.

The Golden Hurricane's Vanessa Vice hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to tie the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning.

In the top of the seventh inning, Lindsay reached first with a single to right field. She then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kelly Chapman. Kailey Yarmer the belted a single to centerfield allowing Lindsay to score the winning run, 3-2.

Lindsey Croft (6-14) pitched 6.1 innings in the loss, allowing eight hits and struck out two.

UAB and Tulsa will conclude the three-game series with a single contest tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. CT.