Blazers Hit The Road For North Texas

UABSPORTS.COM The Blazers will hit the road for the state of Texas for the second time this season to face North Texas in a three-game set this weekend.
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The Blazers will hit the road for the state of Texas for the second time this season to face North Texas in a three-game set this weekend.
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March 28, 2014

UAB (17-14, 5-4 C-USA) at North Texas (22-10, 8-1 C-USA)
Saturday, March 29 – (DH) 1 p.m./3 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 30 – 12 p.m.
Denton, Texas – Lovelace Stadium
Game Coverage: Twitter | Live Stats | Live Video
Game Notes: UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Following two-straight weekends of Conference USA play at home, the UAB softball team (17-14, 5-4 C-USA) will hit the road for Denton, Texas this weekend for a three-game set against the Mean Green of North Texas.

The trip for the Blazers marks the second to the state of Texas so far this season as UAB traveled to Waco in February and will close out the regular season in San Antonio in May. Saturday’s doubleheader from Lovelace Stadium in Denton is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT. Game two will follow at 3 p.m. and the series will conclude on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Live stats and video will be available at www.meangreensports.com.   

UAB Notes
Series Information
The Blazers and Mean Green have never met, as North Texas is one of the newest members to join Conference USA.

Record Watch
Megan and Kristen McGrath are in a foot race for the team lead in home runs as Megan has 11 (tied for most in C-USA), seventh-best in the country and tied for fourth for the most in a season (sister Kristen holds UAB’s top mark of 14 in a single season, which she set in 2012). Kristen has nine so far this season and broke UAB’s career record of 33 at the Bulldog Invitational.


 

 

UAB No. 32 In First NCAA RPI Rankings
UAB was tabbed 32nd in the first NCAA Softball RPI rankings, released on Monday, March 24. The Blazers ended last season with an RPI of 29 and have debuted into this year’s list as a top-35 team. Tulsa checks in as the Conference USA leader in RPI with a No. 13 ranking.

Of the top-25 teams in the first RPI, UAB has already clashed with five of those, including the top-two teams on the list. Georgia checks in at No. 1 while Alabama is No. 2. In-state foe South Alabama is ranked No. 7 while Baylor is No. 10 and Missouri is No. 11. Two remaining teams on UAB’s schedule, Tulsa and Oklahoma, are No. 13 and No. 23, respectively.

UAB Goes Yard
After only totaling four home runs through the first 13 games, the Blazers have hit 16 in their last eight games dating back to the C-USA series with FAU on March 15. With 30 total on the year, UAB is tied for 31st in the NCAA. UAB has hit at least two home runs in the same game on seven different occasions - Feb. 15 vs. Iowa, March 1 vs. Western Carolina, March 11 vs. WKU, March 15 vs. FAU, March 18 at Jacksonville State, March 20 vs. Murray State, March 22 vs. FIU - six games in which UAB won.

Senior Kristen McGrath hit homers in back-to-back-to-back games March 9-12 and March 20-22. McGrath homered in the series finale at ECU, and launched long balls against WKU and Ball State. She started another three-game stretch on March 20 with a shot against Murray State, and followed with a home run in each of UAB’s two games on the March 22 doubleheader. Her twin sister, Megan, had four last week, including two against Jacksonville State and one each in two of the three games vs. FIU. Caitlin Attfield had shots in back-to-back games, both three-run blasts (3/18 at Jacksonville State, 3/20 vs. Murray State).

Scouting the Competition
The Mean Green of North Texas enter the weekend series with a 22-10 overall record and 8-1 league record in their first season as a member of Conference USA. NT swept Middle Tennessee to open C-USA play and dropped their only league game thus far to UTSA, 10-6. The Mean Green are fresh off a sweep of UTEP in El Paso. Saturday’s start of the three-game set will mark NT’s 21st home game.

The Mean Green are 0-2 against common UAB opponents thus far in 2014, dropping two contests to then No. 23 Georgia. The Bulldogs topped NT, 10-2 and 7-4, in the Mean Green’s first tournament of the season back in February at the 7th Annual Red and Black Showcase in Athens.

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