Lannah Campbell got the win in game two as UAB split a DH against UTSA on Saturday.
May 3, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - UAB (30-24, 14-8 C-USA) split a doubleheader with the UTSA Roadrunners (24-29, 10-13 C-USA), giving head coach Marla Townsend and the program win No. 450 as the Blazers dropped game one, 6-3 in its 11th extra-inning game, but rebounded with a strong 6-1 win in game two at Roadrunner Field on Saturday.
Caitlin Attfield totaled four hits on the day to move into sole possession of first for hits in a single season at UAB with 78, while the Blazers as a team inched closer to the home run record of 53 in a single season, now with 51 after hitting two on Saturday. The win in game two pushed UAB to its fifth-straight 30-win season and eighth overall.
Attfield went 2-for-4 in game one, while Mary Warren, Heather Pearson, Amy Dennis and Hayley Davis all had a hit. Pearson and Davis both had solo shots for an RBI each. Pearson also drew a walk and moved into a tie for second for most walks in a single season.
Leigh Streetman threw 7.1 innings in the start and allowed five earned runs on six hits, while striking out 10 and allowing three walks.
Megan McGrath and Attfield each finished with two hits in game two. Pearson finished with two RBI, while Megan McGrath had three RBI for the Blazers in game two. Lannah Campbell tossed the complete game in game two and moved to 12-9 on the season, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. She struck out six and allowed just one walk.
The two teams will meet in a crucial Conference USA Sunday at noon from Roadrunner Field in the Blazers' regular-season finale.
UTSA 6, UAB 3 (8) - (Game One)
UTSA struck first in the second, scoring on a double steal on a ball that would sail into center field to make the score 1-0.
The Roadrunners came right back in the third to score two more on a two-run home to left field to make the score 3-0.
UAB got on the board first in the fourth on a towering shot from Heather Pearson to cut the UTSA lead to 3-1. The Blazers came right back in the fifth to make the score 3-2 on a Hayley Davis home run to center.
The Blazers would tie the game in the seventh when Davis grounded to the shortstop, who threw to third, a ball that sailed into the dugout to score Amy Dennis and tie the game at 3-3.
The Roadrunners won in the bottom of the eighth on a Buchman home run to left field, a three-run shot, to give UTSA the 6-3 win in game one.
UAB 6, UTSA 1 - (Game Two)
After three innings of no hits or runs, UAB broke through in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Anna Theriot led off with a hit-by-pitch and Pearson advanced via a walk. Megan McGrath then broke through with a single into left to score Theriot and make the score, 1-0, midway through the fourth.
The Roadrunners answered back in the fourth after a leadoff single and Blazer error. After the leadoff hitter moved to second on a wild pitch, she scored on a grounder to third when Fernandez made a low throw to McGrath at first to allow the run to score. Campbell would work out of the jam, picking up three-straight putouts to strand the UTSA runner at third and keep the score at 1-1 through four frames.
UAB broke through in the fifth with a four-run inning to take a 5-1 advantage. The inning began when Davis singled to the shortstop and Attfield followed with a bunt single to put two on. Fernandez drew a walk to load the bases before Kristen McGrath grounded to third for the force out at home. Following the second out, Pearson was hit by a pitch to make it 2-1, before Megan McGrath singled into left to clear the bases after the UTSA centerfielder mishandled the single and make the score 5-1.
The Blazers sent seven hitters to the plate in the seventh and added an insurance run on a Pearson double down the line in left to plate the sixth UAB run of the game.
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