March 7, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB softball team travels to Orlando, Fla., this weekend to open its Conference USA slate at UCF. The Blazers and Knights will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday, with first pitch at Noon CT.
Sunday's game is set for 10:30 a.m. CT and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net, with Bernie Guenther and Tracy Warren on the call.
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Last Time Out
Over the weekend, the Blazers competed in the Magic City Classic, co-hosted by UAB and Samford at the UAB Softball Field. In the Blazers' opener, the squad topped Nicholls State, 4-1, in a game capped by a home run by senior Anna Kimbrell. The Blazers then fell to South Alabama, 8-2, on Saturday before bouncing back and shutting out Murray State, 2-0, on Sunday.
UCF Edges UAB, 1-0, In Eight Innings
The UAB softball team fell, 1-0, in eight innings in the series finale against Conference USA opponent UCF on Sunday at the UAB softball field.
After dropping their first five games of the season, the Knights (14-9) have won four of their last six contets, all at the UCF Softball Complex. Last time out, UCF was upended by Michigan, 11-2, in five innings.
Going into the first weekend of Conference USA action, the Knights lead the league in total stolen bases with 66.
Sophomore Maddy Schroeder leads the team with a .376 batting average, while freshman Jasmine Acevedo and sophomore Farrah Sullivan have recorded 11 RBI apiece. In the circle, freshman pitcher Shelby Turnier has a 2.33 ERA and a record of 7-3.
UAB has a slim lead in the all-time series with UCF at 11-10. Last season, the Blazers hosted the Knights at the UAB Softball Field, April 14-15. UAB took a pair of 2-0 victories on the first day, while UCF came out with a 1-0 win in the final game of the series.
UAB On TV
UAB is set for a pair of televised games in the first two weeks of the Conference USA slate.
In addition to Sunday's game, the game on Sunday, March 18, will also appear on Fox Sports Network, with the Blazers hosting East Carolina. The matchup will start at 11 a.m. CT, with Bruce Howard and Amanda Scarborough calling the game.
A season ago, the Blazers played in their first home televised game, hosting Tulsa on May 5, 2012. UAB topped the Golden Hurricane, 2-1.
No Base Is Safe
On the season, UAB is 16-22 in stolen base attempts. Freshman shortstop Caitlin Attfield leads the team with a perfect eight-for-eight mark in stolen base attempts. Senior outfielders Whitney Fletcher and Chandler Orr have each made three successful steals apiece, while sophomore Hayley Davis and freshman Kelly Britt have also successfully stolen base for the Blazers.
Bats on Fire
Catcher Anna Kimbrell leads both the team and the league in slugging percentage with a mark of 1.071, and also sits in a tie for first in C-USA for home runs with six. Designated hitter Kristen McGrathposts a slugging percentage of .605--eighth best in the league.
With a batting average of .366, freshman Caitlin Attfield has the seventh-best mark in the conference, while Kimbrell's average of .357 is ninth best.
Success in the Circle
Boosted by Lauren Webster's league-leading ERA of 0.83, the Blazer pitching staff has the second best team ERA in C-USA with a mark of 2.20.
In each of Webster's winning outings, she has thrown out 12 or more batters, including 14 twice, in wins over IUPUI (Feb. 17) and Murray State (March 3).
Quest For 400
With 388 wins, head coach Marla Townsend is only 12 away from her career milestone of 400 victories during her 14-year tenure at UAB.
Townsend recorded win No. 300 during the 2010 season when the Blazers defeated C-USA foe Memphis, 5-2, at home on May 1, 2010.
According to the schedule, this milestone is expected to also occur during league action.
Next up, UAB returns to the UAB Softball Field to host the conference series against East Carolina, March 16-17. Saturday's twin bill is set for 1 p.m. CT, while Sunday's game will start at 11 a.m. CT. The final game of the series will be televised by Fox Sports Net.