May 11, 2006
TULSA, Okla. --- The UAB softball team lost to East Carolina, 8-0, Thursday afternoon in the first round of the 2006 Conference USA Softball Championship in Tulsa at the Donna J. Hardesty Softball Complex. The Blazers fell to 31-21 overall, while ECU moved to 40-22. UAB drops into the loser's bracket of the championship and will face either Southern Miss or Marshall Friday at 10 a.m.
"We came out flat today and forgot to do the things that we were doing all season long," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "We had eight walks against a hot East Carolina team and they took advance of it. Defensively we made too many errors and broke down mentally. We have to be able to put this game behind us and play with a lot of heart tomorrow."
The Pirates scored eight runs in the game including three in the first inning. Offensively, ECU continued to apply pressure throughout the game. The Pirates plated a run in the third and fourth innings and took a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Blazers could never put together a comeback and could not hold off ECU. The Pirates scored two more runs in the fifth and a run in the seventh to win, 8-0.
UAB collected five hits in the game against ECU starter Keli Harrell. Harrell pitched a complete game shutout against the Blazers but only had two strikeouts. UAB stranded six runners on the base and had its greatest scoring opportunity in the fifth and sixth innings but could not push across a run.
Sophomore Jennifer Nelson started the game for UAB and only went three innings before freshman Kayla Harris came on in relief. Nelson (15-10) took the loss after giving up four runs on three hits and walking four. Harris pitched the final four innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
The Blazers continue play in the 2006 C-USA Softball Championship Friday and will be in an elimination game throughout. For complete coverage of UAB athletics visit www.uabsports.com.