April 8, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Winners of 20 of its last 28 games, the UAB softball team (23-16, 9-5) will play two of its final four midweek games of the season on Wednesday and Thursday against the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide and the Troy Trojans.
UAB will travel to Tuscaloosa for a season rematch on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch, then return home on Thursday and host in-state foe Troy at 6 p.m. at the UAB Softball Field for Fan Appreciation Day and a UAB white out. Fans will receive free admission to Thursday’s contest and will also have the chance to throw out first pitch.
Live stats and video for Wednesday’s game in Tuscaloosa can be found at the links above, or by visiting rolltide.com. Live stats and video are also at the links above and can be found at UABsports.com.
UAB is 7-3 in its last 10 games and fresh off a 1-1 weekend split against No. 17 Tulsa. Sunday’s game three was called off in the fifth inning due to inclement weather. Wednesday’s game at Alabama will mark the tenth game UAB has played this season against a top-25 team, as Wednesday’s and Thursday’s contests are the sixth and seventh games against in-state teams this season.
Scouting the Competition
The Alabama Crimson Tide enter Wednesday’s midweek contest as the No. 3 team in the country and have won nine games in a row. Alabama is 20-2 at home and defeated UAB earlier this season, 5-0.
Haylie McCleney enters as Alabama’s leading hitter, batting at a clip of .495 in 109 at-bats. She has eight home runs, second-best on the team, with a team-leading 32 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Kaila Hunt is the team’s leading long ball hitter with nine home runs on the season. Alabama’s pitching staff is led by Jaclyn Traina, 15-2 with a 1.69 ERA, while Leslie Jury, who started against UAB earlier in the year, is 13-3 with a 2.01 ERA.
The Troy Trojans come to Birmingham on Thursday with a 16-24-2 overall record and 2-13 record away from home. The Trojans are 1-9 in their last 10 games and will play the fourth of seven in a row on the road on Thursday.
Ebony Wright enters as Troy’s leading hitter, batting at a clip of .339. Michelle Phelps has a team-best 28 RBI, while she and Amanda Winters both have five home runs on the year. Jaycee Affeldt has thrown the most innings for Troy and is 7-15 with a 2.82 ERA in 131.2 innings pitched.
UAB Up To Program-Best No. 26 In NCAA RPI
Following debuting into the NCAA’s RPI rankings as the No. 32 team, UAB sits at No. 26 in this week’s RPI, the highest UAB has ever been in program history. Eleven teams on the Blazers’ schedule currently sit in the RPI’s top-50, while 17 of UAB’s opponents rank within the top-100.
UAB is 6-10 against top-50 RPI teams, but 10-3 against teams 50-100. Of UAB’s 16 remaining regular-season contests, four are against teams in the top-25, including No. 1 Alabama and No. 18 Oklahoma. UAB’s opponents own a 654-417 combined overall record (.610).
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