May 17, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – In its fifth-straight NCAA Regional appearance, the UAB softball team (32-27) advanced to the final game on Saturday of the Athens Regional and dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 7 Georgia at Jack Turner Stadium.
"This is the 15th team that has come through UAB softball and it’s been a fun ride,” head coach Marla Townsend said. “I’ve got four great seniors that have taken us to four NCAA regionals in a row, this being our fifth. It’s from hard work and them buying in to our competitive schedule. We had the second-toughest non-conference schedule in the country and they could have easily folded early and they didn’t. They kept working and they take pride in wearing the uniform. They’re relentless and I’m proud of them and I’m proud of the fight that they brought this week.”
Saturday’s game marked UAB’s 14th against a top-25 team in what was the Blazers’ fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The UAB senior class of Kristen and Megan McGrath, along with Lannah Campbell and Leigh Streetman, cap their Blazer careers having made a NCAA Regional in all four seasons. UAB’s impressive run of five-straight is a feat only 22 other teams have accomplished in the last five seasons.
UAB had what looked to be a late chance at scoring in the sixth inning. With two down and a runner at first in the bottom of the sixth, Mary Warren drew a walk to put two Blazers on with two outs, down 3-0 to Georgia. After Warren took first, JoJo Fallen stood in the box before the Georgia coaching staff came out to discuss with the home plate umpire, as did the UAB coaching staff. After a long discussion, Warren was called out after the umpire decided she was not correctly re-entered into the contest, therefore ending the inning and threat for the Blazer offense.
UAB 9, Chattanooga 2 (Game One)
UAB took an early 1-0 lead over Chattanooga in the first after totaling three hits in the frame. Attfield got things started after a single, before Kristen McGrath sent a single of her own into center to move Attfield to third. After a foul out in the infield, Pearson laid down a bunt to plate Attfield and give UAB a 1-0 advantage through one inning.
UAB broke through in its half of the fourth, plating six runs on four hits. Following a groundout to begin the frame, Attfield drew a walk, before Kristen McGrath doubled into left-center field to plate a run. Megan McGrath then drew a walk of her own, before Pearson singled into center to load the bases for UAB. After Warren lined out to third, freshman JoJo Fallen delivered a pinch-hit, two-RBI double to right-center to make the lead 4-0. Pearson moved to third on the play, and with Fallen at second, Amy Dennis picked up her first hit of the game, a three-run home run to left field to push UAB’s lead to 7-0.
The Mocs responded to begin the fifth, plating two runs on three hits to cut the lead to 7-2. After a fielder’s choice put a Chattanooga runner at first, Sarah Beth Roberts delivered a double to right-center field that plated a run. Alyssa Taylor followed with a single of her own to plate Chattanooga’s second run of the inning and make the score 7-2 through four frames.
The Blazers added two insurance runs in the sixth on two solo shots, one from Mary Warren and one from Fallen, to increase the UAB lead to 9-2 going to the final inning.
No. 7 Georgia 3, UAB 0 (Game Two)
Georgia took a 1-0 advantage through two frames on a home run to center field from Anna Swafford.
The Bulldogs added to their run total in the fifth, totaling two runs and two hits. After Samantha LaZear singled in the infield, Paige Wilson belted a two-run home run to right field to increase the Georiga lead to 3-0.
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