April 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB softball team will play in its final home games this week, hosting a doubleheader with Chattanooga on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT at the UAB Softball Field. On Wednesday, the Blazers will play in their home finale, hosting Jacksonville State at 4 p.m. CT.
Last Time Out
Over the weekend, the Blazers won its program-best 18th win in Conference USA action as the squad took the series by winning the doubleheader with Marshall.
UAB continues to lead the league standings with an 18-2 record.
Pitcher Lannah Campbell threw the game one shutout, and the Blazer defense held firm as Marshall got runners in scoring position nine times. UAB scored the lone run of the game in the top of the first, as freshman Caitlin Attfield singled to lead off the game, and was scored by Kristen McGrath later in the frame.
In the second game, pitcher Leigh Streetman threw a complete game, allowing only four hits in the 2-0 win. UAB scored both its runs in the bottom of the third, as senior Whitney Fletcher scored sophomore Amy Dennis on a single to right field. Fletcher was scored on the next at bat as senior Kate Armstrong singled to left.
The series finale on Sunday was rained out, but the senior class: Kate Armstrong, Whitney Fletcher, Hailey Glynn, Anna Kimbrell, Chandler Orr and Lauren Webster were honored for their careers in Green and Gold during a break in the rain.
The Lady Mocs are 26-21 on the season and were last scheduled to play Samford for three SoCon games over the weekend, but the series was rained out. Last time out, Chattanooga took two of three games to conference opponent UNC Greensboro.
Kasey Tydingco leads the team with a .379 batting average, 31 RBI and five of the team's 14 home runs.
In the circle, Rachael Albritton leads the pitching staff with a 2.62 ERA, a record of 6-4, and has struck out 66 batters. Taylor Deason leads the pitchers in innings pitched with 171.1 and strikeouts with 137.
UAB leads the all-time series with Chattanooga, 11-9. A season ago, the Blazers split the doubleheader with the Lady Mocs, dropping game one, 9-8, before bouncing back to win game two, 6-3.
In the second game, the Blazers used a pair of home runs as part of a five-run top of the second to get the win. Whitney Fletcher had a solo home run in the top of the sixth to plate UAB's final run.
Scouting Jacksonville State
The Gamecocks are 26-24 on the year and split a doubleheader with OVC foe Eastern Kentucky over the weekend. Jacksonville State scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth of the come-from-behind, 6-4, victory. The series finale on Sunday was rained out.
Sara Borders leads the team with a .390 batting average, 11 home runs and 40 RBI.
In the circle, Tiffany Harbin leads the pitching staff with a 3.09 ERA in 181.1 innings and has struck out 215 batters.
UAB trails in the all-time series, 16-12. Last season, the Blazers dropped a 6-5 decision to the Gamecocks on March 6, 2012.
The Blazers scored three runs in the bottom of the first and one in the second, but Jacksonville State took a 5-4 lead with a run in the second and four more in the fourth. UAB tied the game with a run in the fifth inning, but were unable to score following a Jacksonville run in the top of the seventh.
This weekend, the Blazers travel to Houston, Texas, for its final Conference USA series at Houston. Saturday's doubleheader is set for a 1 p.m. CT start, while the series finale will start at Noon.
UAB looks to win its eighth conference series and secure a No. 1 seed in the Conference USA Championships, which will be held in Tulsa, Okla., on May 9-11.
In the most recent RPI poll, released on April 22, UAB sits at No. 33. The Blazers attained their highest ranking in program history at No. 30 on April 15.
The Blazers are ranked second highest in Conference USA, with Tulsa leading the league at No. 24.
On the season, UAB has picked up four wins over three teams in the RPI top-30, No. 11 Washington (Feb. 7), No. 28 Mississippi State (March 26) and No. 23 Tulsa (April 13-14).
Blazers In The National Polls
UAB has received votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 for the fourth-consecutive week. In the poll released April 23, the Blazers received 15 votes.
The Blazers also received votes four votes in the NFCA poll.
Winning At Home
UAB is currently 15-3 on the year in games played at the UAB Softball Field.
As the Blazers swept UTEP in their three-game conference series on April 20-21 to stretch the win streak to 11 consecutive home wins, UAB surpassed the previous program longest streak of 10 games, which was set during the 2002 campaign.
UAB is 10-1 on the year in C-USA games at the UAB Softball Field, and won 10-straight following the 7-4 win over East Carolina on March 16.
Scoring First, Scoring Often
On the season, UAB is 13-2 in games where it scores in the first inning. The Blazers are 28-4 on the year when they score first, and are 27-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
No Base Is Safe Caitlin Attfield leads the team in stolen bases with 22 successes in 30 tries, which places her in eighth place in the single season top-10. Attfield is six steals away from Candice Hithe's seventh-place mark, in which she stole 28 bases in 2011.
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, two behind Leigh Walker (2005-08), who stole 24 bases in her career.
As a team, the Blazers have successfully stolen base 45 times in 45 games, while UAB stole 35 all of last season.
Bats On Fire
In the last 10 games, Caitlin Attfield leads the team with a blistering .500 batting average, with 14 hits, six runs and two RBI.
Attfield's overall batting average, .371, also leads the team and is the third-highest mark in Conference USA.
UAB has hit 34 home runs on the year, which is third most in the conference.
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.
We Love Free Bases
Anna Kimbrell has reached base 21 times this season by way of being hit by pitch to average 0.47 times per game. The mark is second most in the conference, and as of April 26, Kimbrell is fifth in the nation in HBP per game.
The mark ties UAB's single-season record for hit by pitches with Amanda Allen's mark from 2008. Through her career, Kimbrell has been hit 23 times, third-most in program history. Andrea Rogers (2006-09) and Allen (2008-09) each have been hit 31 times in their respective careers.
Outfielder Chandler Orr has been hit by pitch nine times this season, fourth most in the league.
As a team, the Blazers have been hit 52 times for the second most in conference.
Success in the Circle
The UAB pitching staff has posted the second best ERA in the conference with a mark of 2.07. The Blazers have held their opponents to a conference-best .197 batting average, and have allowed the fewest hits at 218.
The pitching staff has only walked 100 batters--also a top mark in C-USA.
In conference action, UAB's ERA is second lowest at 1.67. The Blazers' pitchers have held the opposing batting average to a league-best .184, while Campbell's own mark of .171 is also top in C-USA.
Streetman's opposing batting average is second best at 1.73, while Lauren Webster owns the sixth-lowest ERA in league action at 2.19.
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 3 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 33 this season for a career total of 92, good for sixth place. She is currently 11 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.