Strong Pitching Downs Kennesaw State In Doubleheader

April 15, 2014

Game One Box Score | Final Stats
Game Two Box Score | Final Stats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Led by outstanding work in the circle from the UAB pitching staff, the UAB softball team (27-19, 11-6 C-USA) swept Kennesaw State in a doubleheader on Tuesday, 7-1 and 5-1 at the UAB Softball Field.

"Our pitchers came out and went right at their hitters," head coach Marla Townsend said. "Obviously two freshman coming in to wrap up both games was fun to watch and it was fun to watch their teammates get behind them."

UAB's pitching staff of seniors Leigh Streetman and Lannah Campbell have worked quality innings in the circle as of late, only giving up 10 runs in UAB's last 10 wins. Dating back to this past weekend's series at Southern Miss, the Blazers have only surrendered two runs in the last four games. The success continued on Tuesday as only two Owls' runs crossed the plate in the doubleheader.

Campbell got the start in game one, allowing six hits, no earned runs while striking out 10. Streetman matched Campbell's performance in her start in game two and allowed just three hits, no earned runs while striking out 12.

With her 17th win of the year on Tuesday, Streetman has now moved into a tie for second on UAB's all-time single season list. She has also totaled double-digit strikeouts in her last two starts (10 at Southern Miss, 12 vs. Kennesaw State Tuesday).

Aside from the seniors' performances, UAB's two freshman pitchers, Madison Hir and Cara Goodwin, also made appearances in the circle - home debuts for both freshmen.

Both allowed a hit as Hir picked up the first strikeout of her career. Goodwin finished with two while Hir had one.

Kristen McGrath led UAB at the plate in the two-game set, totaling five RBI on four hits, including a home run. Ashley Johnson finished 4-for-5 on the day with two doubles and two RBI. Mary Warren added UAB's second home run and finished with one RBI. Megan McGrath totaled two hits and two RBI, while Heather Pearson finished with one run driven in. The Blazers totaled six doubles and two home runs on the day and hit .333 as a team. As a team UAB also moved into a tie for second all-time with home runs in a single season with 42 after hitting two on Tuesday.

"I think this is the best practice we can have, coming out here and facing an opponent in a different uniform to get ready for our final home series against Charlotte this weekend."

UAB will return to the diamond this weekend at the UAB Softball Field in the home finale vs. Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.

UAB 7, Kennesaw State 1 (Game One)
Kennesaw State struck first in the third to take a 1-0 lead. The inning began with an error on Attfield at short, and after a sacrifice bunt and a fielder's choice, the Kennesaw State leadoff hitter singled to plate the Owls' first run of the contest.

However, that would be the only scoring of the contest as the Blazers then tacked on seven runs over the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, the inning began with back-to-back singles from Mary Warren and Kristen McGrath. Heather Pearson then followed with a double to plate a run, before Megan McGrath did the same, a double to right field to score two. The Owls then brought in a pinch hitter as she gave up a walk to Amy Dennis and a single to Ashley Johnson. Following a lineout to first from Hayley Davis, Caitlin Attfield popped up on the infield fly rule and was called out, but Olivia Black scored on the play for UAB's fourth run of the frame.

In the sixth the Blazers tacked on three more insurance runs. Megan McGrath led off with a single up the middle and Dennis reached on a fielding error. Johnson then followed with a deep double to left field to plate a run and put runners on second and third. Attfield loaded the bases with a bunt single and Danii Fernandez followed to hit into a fielder's choice where Dennis was tagged out at home. But, the Blazers broke through as Kristen McGrath singled to right field to plate two more runs to cap the scoring and seal the 7-1 game one victory.

UAB 5, Kennesaw State 1 (Game Two)
UAB again scored first in game two with single runs in the third and fourth innings. Fernandez began the frame with a double to left field and she eventually moved to third on a wild pitch. Kristen McGrath drove her in on a sacrifice fly to center field to plate the first run of the contest.

The Blazers had two-out production in the fourth on two doubles - the first by Dennis to left and the second from Johnson to center to score Dennis and make the score 2-0.

UAB broke the game open in the fifth on back-to-back home runs. Following a single from Fernandez to left, Kristen McGrath roped a line drive home run to center field to plate two more UAB runs and make the score 4-0. Warren followed with a shot of her own, a high fly to left and add UAB's fifth run of the game.

The Owls would avoid the shutout with a solo home run to right field in the seventh off reliever Cara Goodwin, but UAB sealed the 5-1 win to complete the doubleheader sweep over the Owls.

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