April 25, 2013
KENNESAW, Ga.--The UAB softball team split its doubleheader with Kennesaw State on Thursday at Bailey Park, taking the first game, 3-0, before dropping a 6-1 decision in game two.
"I have a lot of respect for the program that Scott Whitlock has here and it's an honor for us to be here for his final home game," head coach Marla Townsend said. "We saw his team get up for his last game here. We came out and played very competitively today, as did Kennesaw State."
UAB is now 30-13 on the year while Kennesaw State sits at 32-18.
This is the seventh time in program history, and the fourth straight season, that the Blazers have reached the 30-win mark.
"Defensively, we made some great plays, and I felt like it's what we want before a conference series," Townsend said. "We played a doubleheader against a quality opponent, and we're one and one on the day. We're a much better team for playing this level of competition."
Up next, UAB returns to the UAB Softball Field to host a Conference USA series with Marshall on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader is set to start at 1 p.m. CT, while Sunday's finale is set for a Noon CT first pitch.
UAB 3, KSU 0
Junior Leigh Streetman (11-6) threw her eighth complete game and fourth shutout this season as she struck out six and only gave up three hits.
UAB got on the board in the top of the second, starting with senior catcher Anna Kimbrell reaching on a one-out hit-by-pitch. Kimbrell has been hit 20 times this season, and is one away from tying the single-season record, which was set by Amanda Allen in 2008.
The Blazers followed by loading the bases on a double by senior right fielder Chandler Orr, while sophomore left fielder Amy Dennis reached on a walk. Freshman shortstop Caitlin Attfield drew the second walk in the inning, scoring Kimbrell, to give UAB a 1-0 lead.
Attfield scored again, in the top of the fifth, on a wild pitch by Kennesaw State pitcher Monica Vickery, to push the lead to 2-0.
In the top of the seventh, freshman Ashley Johnson came in to pinch hit and singled to left center before being advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dennis. Attfield singled to the pitcher to send Johnson to third, and she scored on a groundout by sophomore Heather Pearson.
For Kennesaw State, Vickery (2-4) took the loss as she threw 5.0 innings and gave up three hits, two of UAB's runs and three walks. Hannah Weldy threw the final two innings and gave up two hits and one run.
KSU 6, UAB 1
Kennesaw State overcame a 1-0 deficit with a six-run sixth inning, aided by a grand slam by Kaylee Williams, to take a 6-1 win in game two and a split of the doubleheader.
The Owls had loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk before Williams' home run. KSU added two more in the sixth frame on a Caitlin Fowler two-run homer. The Blazers scored their lone run of the game in the top of the opening frame, as Attfield reached on a single to short and was scored by a single up the middle by senior center fielder Whitney Fletcher.
In the circle, junior Lannah Campbell (8-4) threw 5.2 innings and set the Owls down in order in each of the first four innings.
"I felt like our defense and our pitching staff did well, holding them scoreless for 12 innings," Townsend said. "Obviously they had a blooper and a bunt to get runners on for the meat of their lineup, and it put us in a situation where we had to make some tough decisions. I would much rather give up a long ball than to walk in the tying run. We put the pressure on them and they came through."
For Kennesaw State, Abbey Mixon pitched all seven innings and gave up six hits, one run and walked two Blazer batters.