April 27, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB Softball team won its program-best seventh Conference USA series on Saturday, shutting out the doubleheader with Marshall, 1-0 and 2-0, at the UAB Softball Field.
With the wins, UAB improves to 32-13 on the year with a record of 18-2 in C-USA action, while Marshall falls to 29-19 and 11-6 in league play.
"I knew from the first inning of the first game that we came to play," head coach Marla Townsend said. "We had some great, key hits with runners in scoring position, but our defense was amazing. Shutting out a good team like Marshall is huge."
This marks the first time in program history that UAB has won 18 league games, and the Blazers have won 10 consecutive conference games at home.
Saturday's doubleheader also marked UAB's Cancer Awareness day, as the Blazers wore purple uniforms and three members of the Blazer athletic department--Amy Nicholas (Academics), Hal Messersmith (Volleyball) and Norm Reilly (Media Relations)--threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game.
"We came out, playing for a cause, wearing purple," Townsend said. "It's kind of funny because it's not the same team we see all the time, wearing green, gold and white. We play the game of softball, have a passion and a love for it, but when you're out here, wearing purple and representing everybody and every loved one we've ever known that's had cancer, it shows that there's a bigger picture. All in all, it was a great day today."
UAB is set to go for the sweep on Sunday, with the series finale set for a Noon CT first pitch.
UAB 1, Marshall 0
In the series opener, UAB scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the first, as freshman shortstop Caitlin Attfield reached on a single to left, and was scored on a single by junior designated hitter Kristen McGrath.
In the circle, junior Lannah Campbell (9-4) threw in all seven innings of the shutout, and struck out five batters.
For Marshall, Andi Williamson also threw a complete game, allowing four hits, one run and walked three batters.
The Thundering Herd got runners in scoring position nine times, but the Blazers held off the offensive threat with key outs, including a run-saving groundout to Attfield in the top of the fifth.
UAB 2, Marshall 0
In the second game, junior Leigh Streetman threw a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out seven batters.
"Lannah (Campbell) and Leigh (Streetman) threw a pair of outstanding games, but they obviously had help from their defense," Townsend said. "We left several runners on base, and the fact that our defense came up huge is what I'm going to take away from today."
UAB scored both runs in the bottom of the third, as sophomore Amy Dennis reached on a single to left field, before being advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Dennis took third on a hit by sophomore Heather Pearson, and was brought home on a single to right by senior Whitney Fletcher.
Senior third baseman Kate Armstrong recorded UAB's second RBI of the game as she singled to left to score Fletcher and give UAB its 2-0 lead.
For Marshall, Williamson threw her second complete game of the day, and allowed six hits and two runs.