Blazers Host No. 19 South Alabama In Home Opener

Head coach Marla Townsend and the UAB Blazers will open their 2014 home schedule on Wednesday against No. 19 South Alabama.

Feb. 18, 2014

UAB (3-6) vs. No. 19 South Alabama (6-1)
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 • 4 p.m. CT
UAB Softball Field • Birmingham, Ala.
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2014 UAB Softball Promotional Schedule

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball team (3-6) will open its 2014 home schedule on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. CT contest against in-state foe and No. 19 South Alabama.

The Blazers and Jaguars will clash at the UAB softball field on Wednesday in what will be Dollar Day. All fans will be admitted to the game for $1. For UAB softball ticket information, log onto and click on the tickets tab.

The Blazers are 5-9 all-time in home season openers, and 1-4 in their last five with the last home-opening win coming in 2009 with an 8-0 win against Alabama A&M.

UAB Notes
Familiar Opponent
UAB and South Alabama face off for the second time in as many weeks on Wednesday. The Blazers opened their season with a contest against the then No. 20 Jaguars at the South Alabama Mardi Gras Invitational, and dropped an 8-0 contest in five innings to the in-state Jags.

Kristen McGrath and Mary Warren Named to Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team
Freshman Mary Warren had a breakout weekend in Waco for UAB and was rewarded for her efforts by being named to the Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team. Warren batted at a clip of .500 over five games and drove in six UAB runs. She picked up her first-career home run on Saturday with a shot to right field in UAB’s 6-1 win over Iowa.

Senior Kristen McGrath moved into a tie for first on UAB’s career all-time home run list with 32 after her three-run shot to left field on Sunday in UAB’s 8-6 loss to Lipscomb. The senior from Tampa, Fla., batted .333 at the Getterman Classic and picked up five hits, three doubles and five RBI.

Attfield and Warren Go Yard for First Time
Warren put UAB on the board in the fifth inning against Iowa with a home run to right field. The shot for the freshman marked the first of her young UAB career.

With two outs in the ninth inning and two on against the Hawkeyes, sophomore Caitlin Attfield, the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Year, sent a deep three-run shot to center field for her first-career home run.

McGrath Tied for First on UAB’s All-Time Career Home Run List
With her home run at the Getterman Classic, Kristen McGrath is now tied for first on the UAB list in career home runs with 32. She ties Mandy Lowman who amassed 32 long balls from 2009 to 2012. McGrath is also in the top-10 in RBI with 110 for her career, which ranks No. 5 on the UAB list.

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