April 22, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB softball team is set to host in-state foe Alabama State on Tuesday at the UAB Softball Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT.
Streetman Throws Perfect Game At Alabama State
Junior pitcher Leigh Streetman (7-3) threw UAB's first perfect game since 2006 in the Blazers' 4-0 win over Alabama State on Tuesday.
Last Time Out
Over the weekend, the Blazers secured their place at the top of the Conference USA standings with a three-game sweep of UTEP, and have now swept four of its league opponents on the year.
UAB is now 16-2 in league action, two games ahead of Houston (14-4).
In the 7-2 win in the series opener, sophomore Heather Pearson hit a three-RBI home run in the bottom of the second to put the Blazers up, 4-1. In the bottom of the sixth, UAB scored three more runs courtesy of hits by senior Kate Armstrong and junior Kristen McGrath, while one more run crossed home plate as junior Megan McGrath reached on a UTEP error.
K. McGrath homered to center field in the bottom of the second frame to lead off the Blazer scoring in UAB's 5-1 win in game two, while freshman Caitlin Attfield batted in another run later in the inning. In the fourth, sophomore Hayley Davis singled down the left field line to score Orr from second, while senior Whitney Fletcher doubled to right center to score two more runs.
In the series finale, K. McGrath hit an RBI single to right center in the bottom of the first to get UAB on the board before hitting her 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth of the 4-1 win. Sophomore Amy Dennis hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score UAB's final run of the game.
In the circle, junior Lannah Campbell led the pitching staff with a 0.72 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched. Campbell picked up her sixth save of the year as she pitched the final 2.2 innings of the series opener before throwing all seven innings in game two. In two games, Campbell struck out 13 batters and only gave up one run.
Junior Leigh Streetman threw her fourth complete game of the year in the finale, and matched her career high in strikeouts as she retired 13 Miner batters.
Scouting Alabama State
The Hornets are 10-28 on the year and have won four of their last five contests. Last Wednesday, Alabama State topped Kennesaw State, 4-3, courtesy of a three-RBI home run by freshman Makayla Webster in the bottom of the third. Meagan Dixon scored Alabama State's fourth run of the game in the bottom of the fifth frame.
Brehanna Rodriguez leads the Hornet starters with a .422 batting average, while Dixon has the most RBI at 24 and leads the team in home runs with four.
In the circle, Bailey Patt leads the pitchers with a 5-9 record and an ERA of 4.98. Destyni Valencia leads the pitching staff with 37 strikeouts.
UAB leads the all-time series with Alabama State, 6-0, and took two games earlier this season in Montgomery, Ala. (March 19).
In game one of the doubleheader, UAB scored 11 runs on 13 hits in the 11-1 win. Heather Pearson led the squad with five RBI and three hits.
UAB travels to Kennesaw, Ga., for a doubleheader at Kennesaw State, set to start at 3 p.m. CT. The set was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
This weekend, the Blazers will resume C-USA action, hosting Marshall for a three-game series April 27-28. Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. CT, while Sunday's finale has a Noon CT first pitch.
Winning At Home
UAB is currently 13-2 on the year in games played at the UAB Softball Field, and has won 11 straight, dating back to the 7-4 win over East Carolina on March 16.
As the Blazers swept UTEP in their three-game conference series on April 20-21, UAB surpassed the previous program longest home win streak of 10 games, which was set during the 2002 campaign.
Scoring First, Scoring Often
On the season, UAB is 12-0 in games where it scores in the first inning. The Blazers are 25-2 on the year when they score first, and are 24-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
No Base Is Safe
Caitlin Attfield leads the team in stolen bases with 20 successes in 26 tries, which places her in a tie for eighth for single-season steals with Caley Walden, who stole the same number throughout the 2011 season.
Martina Landrum set the record for stolen bases in one season in 2009, when she had 38.
Attfield is now in ninth place in career stolen bases, four behind Leigh Walker (2005-08), who stole 24 bases in her career.
As a team, the Blazers have successfully stolen base 42 times in 40 games, while UAB stole 35 all of last season.
Bats on Fire
In the last 10 games, UAB has recorded 31 runs on 67 hits and 29 RBI with eight home runs.
During this stretch, Caitlin Attfield leads the team in batting average at .419 with 13 hits. Whitney Fletcher and Heather Pearson have posted batting averages of .333 and combine for 17 hits, while Pearson has hit two home runs.
Kristen McGrath has homered three times in the last 10 games, and leads the team in RBI with seven.
UAB has hit 34 home runs on the year, which is second most in the conference behind Marshall's 37.
Kristen McGrath leads the team with 10 home runs, and sits in a tie for first place in league in home runs hit during conference play with six. McGrath's mark places her four away from tying the single season record for home runs, which she set at 14 during the 2012 campaign.
Also for the Blazers, Anna Kimbrell has also hit eight home runs on the season.
Success in the Circle
The UAB pitching staff has posted the second best ERA in the conference with a mark of 2.09. The Blazers have held their opponents to a conference-best .195 batting average, and have allowed the fewest hits at 192.
The pitching staff has also allowed the fewest earned runs in the conference with 102, and have only walked 91 batters--also a top mark in C-USA.
In conference action, UAB's ERA is second lowest at 1.86. The Blazers' pitchers have held the opposing batting average to a league-best .178, while Campbell's own mark of .154 is also top in C-USA.
Streetman's opposing batting average is second best at 1.73, while Lauren Webster owns the third-lowest ERA in league action at 1.68.
Getting The Save
Pitcher Lannah Campbell leads the Blazers with six saves on the season. Most recently, she was credited with the save as she threw the final 2.2 innings of UAB's 7-2 win over UTEP on April 20.
The single-season record for saves is seven, set by Leigh Streetman in 2011.
UAB's pitching staff now holds the top-three spots in career saves, starting with Leigh Streetman's 12. Streetman picked up her first save this year when she pitched 2.1 innings in UAB's 2-0 win over UCF on March 9. Her second save of the season came in the series finale with Southern Miss on March 30, when she threw 3.0 innings and allowed no hits in the 2-0 win.
Webster, who picked up her seventh career save as UAB came back to beat Memphis, 7-5, on March 23, sits in a tie for second place all-time with Campbell, who has also posted seven.
Kristen McGrath is nearing Mandy Lowman's (2009-12) school record for career home runs. Lowman hit 32 in four years, while McGrath has racked up 10 so far this season for a total of 29, and currently sits in second place in the record books.
McGrath has also entered the UAB top-10 all-time list in career RBI with 32 this season for a career total of 91, good for sixth place. She is currently tied with Beth Mullins' (2001-04), and 12 away from Andrea Rogers (2006-09) fifth place mark of 103. Lowman's 126 RBI is UAB's top mark.
Head coach Marla Townsend reached 400 career wins on Friday, March 29, as UAB topped Southern Miss in a 1-0 shutout where pitcher Leigh Streetman threw her second no-hitter of the season.