April 23, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB softball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Alabama State on Tuesday at the UAB Softball Field.
With the loss, the Blazers are now 29-12 on the year, while the Hornets sit at 11-28.
In the bottom of the fourth, junior third baseman Megan McGrath was walked, and senior Hailey Glynn entered to pinch run. Glynn eventually scored on a single to left field by sophomore Heather Pearson to give UAB the 2-0 advantage.
"We came out and we got on base, but we left nine runners on, and we have to come through with those hits, especially with two outs," head coach Marla Townsend said. "This is an opportunity for us to get better. We can question everything that we did, every call we made, every swing, but we're not going to do that. We're going to sit here and take it for what it is, and it's a loss."
Alabama State tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth, as Tamara Williams reached on a single to right field, and was scored during the next at bat when teammate Meagan Dixon tripled to the right corner.
In the top of the seventh, the Hornets took the lead as Bailey Patt was hit by pitch to start off the inning, and scored on a single to center field by teammate Brehanna Rodrigues to give ASU the 3-2 lead.
The Blazers attempted a comeback in the bottom of the frame, with Fletcher and junior designated hitter Kristen McGrath reaching on back to back at-bats with two outs on the board, but the game was ended on the following grounder to short by senior Kate Armstrong.
"When we look at it, we're going to get better because of this loss," Townsend said. "We're going to get our focus back and get ready for our games on Thursday and then this weekend for conference play. Alabama State did a great job. They came out today, the score started at zero to zero, and they beat us."
In the circle for UAB, junior Lannah Campbell (8-3) threw six innings, striking out seven, but gave up four hits and three runs. Senior Lauren Webster entered in the seventh and struck out two batters.
For Alabama State, pitcher Destiny Valencia (4-12) threw 6.2 innings and gave up seven hits and two runs. Patt entered the game to pitch the final out of the bottom of the seventh.
Up next, UAB looks to rebound on the road for a doubleheader at Kennesaw State on Thursday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT.