April 30, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team rallied late but could not overcome Houston in the series finale Sunday falling, 2-0, at George Ward Park. The Blazers win the series despite the loss, after sweeping a doubleheader Saturday. UAB falls to 29-19 overall and 13-8 in Conference USA. The Cougars improved to 36-20 and 13-8 in conference action.
"We were in this game until the very last at-bat and that is all you can ask for," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "We had two solid hits in the last inning and rallied for a chance to win. All we needed was a big hit to win or tie but we came up short. I'm very proud of this team and the way they responded after the rain delay. We put the ball in play and gave ourselves a chance to win down the stretch."
The Cougars first run of the game came in the top of the third inning. Freshman Elaina Nordstrom hit a solo home run down the left field line to give UH at 1-0 lead. The other run for Houston came in the fourth inning on an infield single that scored Jessica Valis from third. That was all UH starter Angel Shamblin needed. Shamblin pitched a complete game four-hit shutout against the Blazers striking out six and improving to 15-7.
UAB sprinkled four hits throughout the game including two in the bottom of the seventh. The Blazers best scoring opportunity came in the final frame after freshman Andrea Rogers led off with a single to left field. Sophomore Amanda Antonovich singled down the left field line to bring the game winning run to the plate. Freshman Kayla Harris walked to load the bases for pinch hitter Jacy Leon. With two outs, Leon battled but went down swinging to end the game.
The Blazers also honored senior Chelsea McCall before the game for her brilliant career in the Green and Gold. UAB finished the weekend tied for third in the C-USA standings. The Blazers will travel to El Paso, Texas next weekend to finish the 2006 regular season and battle for an opportunity to win the regular season title. For complete coverage of UAB athletics visit www.uabsports.com.