April 15, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –The UAB softball team fell, 1-0, in eight innings in the series finale against Conference USA opponent UCF on Sunday at the UAB softball field.
The Blazers fall to 27-15 overall and 11-4 in C-USA play, while the Knights improve to 31-12 on the season and 10-5 in league action.
Over the three game series, UAB held UCF to one run and eight hits in 22 innings. The Blazers won the three-game series, sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday with a pair of 2-0 victories.
“We knew it was going to be a tight series. I’m proud of the pitching staff, holding a good hitting team to one run and eight hits over the course of 22 innings,” UAB head coach Marla Townsend said. “It was a matter of key hits. In the first two games we had those key hits and we couldn’t come up with that key hit in the third game.”
The Knights put the first two hits of the game on the board in the third inning. Danielle Brewer and Tawny Swan hit back-to-back singles. UCF was unable to capitalize thanks to an amazing defensive play by second baseman Lauren Webster.
With one out, Webster dove to her right to knock down a grounder smoked by Natalie Land. From the ground, she tossed the ball to second in time to get the force out. In the next at bat, Vanessa Perez lined out to Webster to end the inning.
But it was Perez who smacked the RBI single in the top of the eighth to score Land from second, giving UCF the 1-0 margin and the win. Land reached base on a walk and stole second.
“I felt like we made really good adjustments,” Townsend said. “They are a talented team and for us to take the series really says something. We are getting better every day that we play.”
Mackenzie Audas (17-6) earned the win for UCF. She tossed all eight innings, allowed just one hit and striking out 10 batters.
Lannah Campbell got the start for UAB, scattering 2 hits in 4.1 innings pitch. Leigh Streetman (8-6) suffered the loss, pitching the remaining 3.2 innings with one hit, one earned run and three strike outs.
The Blazers will take a break from conference action and play a midweek game at Jacksonville State on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.