UAB will play six games over the next six days, beginning with a home contest against Jacksonville State on Tuesday, before traveling to Lipscomb Wednesday for a doubleheader.
March 31, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball team (20-14, 8-4) will begin a stretch of six games over the next six days on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. non-conference contest against Jacksonville State at the UAB Softball Field. Following the game Tuesday, the Blazers will travel to Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday to face Lipscomb in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
The Blazers are fresh off a Conference USA sweep this past weekend where they defeated North Texas by a combined score of 16-3 over the three-game set, shutting down the nation’s 24th-ranked offense.
JSU holds the series advantage over UAB, 16-14, as the Blazers took down the Gamecocks, 21-2, in five innings earlier this season. UAB is 9-5 against Lipscomb all-time, including an 8-6 loss to the Bisons earlier this season at the Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas.
Of the regular seven innings, UAB is outscoring its opponent in five, including the first (32-10), second (27-17), fourth (16-13), fifth (24-14) and sixth (16-8), while UAB and its opponents are tied in the third (20-20) and seventh (10-10) innings in runs scored.
Record Night for UAB in Last Outing at Jacksonville State
UAB’s bats came alive in a 21-2 rout over Jacksonville State on March 18. Five different Blazers hit home runs as UAB tied its all-time single game home run record of six - The last time the feat was accomplished was March 18, 2012 vs. Kentucky in a 20-7 win (also tied for the fifth-most in a single game in NCAA history).
On top of the home runs, UAB also drew 11 walks, which ties the all-time single game record set on March 3, 2012 vs. Maryland. The 21-run output are the most runs scored by UAB since Feb. 24, 2002 when the Blazers scored an all-time high 25 against Alabama A&M. The 19-run advantage also ties for the largest defeat dating back to March 3, 2012 in a 19-0 win over Massachusetts. The 21 runs were the most Jacksonville State has ever given up in program history, as 10 of UAB’s season-high 14 hits produced an RBI.
Conference USA Sweep
The Blazers are fresh off a Conference USA sweep over North Texas last weekend. UAB outscored the Mean Green, 16-3 over the three-game set as the Blazers’ pitching staff dominated NT’s 24th ranked offense who averaged 6.28 runs per game entering the weekend.
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