UAB Closes Regular Season at UTSA

UABSPORTS.COM UAB closes its regular season this weekend with a three-game set at UTSA in San Antonio.
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UAB closes its regular season this weekend with a three-game set at UTSA in San Antonio.
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May 2, 2014

UAB (29-23, 13-7 C-USA) at UTSA (23-28, 9-12 C-USA)
Saturday, May 3 – (DH) 1 p.m./3 p.m. CT
Sunday, May 4 – 12 p.m.
San Antonio, Texas – Roadrunner Field
Game Coverage: Twitter | Live Video | UAB Notes
Live Stats: Saturday - Game One | Game Two | Sunday - Game Three

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball team (29-23, 13-7), in control of its own destiny in the Conference USA standings, will close out the regular season this weekend with a three-game set at UTSA.

First pitch in Saturday’s doubleheader in San Antonio is slated for 1 p.m. and the series will conclude Sunday at noon. Live stats, video and audio will be available at www.goUTSA.com.

UAB enters the weekend with sole possession of second place in the league standings, fighting for seeding in advance of next week’s Conference USA Championship, which begins Thursday, May 8, in Boca Raton, Fla.

UAB Notes
Series Information
This weekend’s meeting between UAB and UTSA will be the first as the Roadrunners are new to Conference USA this season.

Weekend Storylines
UAB controls its own destiny in the Conference USA race as the Blazers close the regular season this weekend at UTSA for a three-game set.

The two teams have never met, as UTSA is new to the league. UAB is a lock for the C-USA Championship, which is set to begin next Thursday, May 8, but has full control of its seeding heading into this weekend’s action. Four teams behind UAB all have 12 wins - North Texas at 12-8 and FIU, FAU and ECU all at 12-9 - while UAB has 13 wins and seven losses.

A win would give head coach Marla Townsend and the program win No. 450 overall, and would also push UAB to five-straight seasons with at least 30 wins and its eighth season with 30 or more overall.

Senior Leigh Streetman needs just one win to tie for most in a UAB career with 58 and two more would tie for the most in a single season at 20. One home run for Megan McGrath would make 15, the most of any Blazer in a single season. Caitlin Attfield has 74 hits on the year and one more this weekend would move her into a tie for most in a single season. As a team the Blazers are also chasing the home run record with 49, needing 53 to tie and 54 to break the single-season mark.

Scouting the Competition
New to Conference USA, the UTSA Roadrunners are 23-28 in their first season in the league and 9-12 in league action. The Roadrunners are 4-6 in their last 10 games, but have won three-straight after two wins over UTEP and a midweek, one-run win over Incarnate Word, a non-D1 opponent.

The Roadrunners are 4-15 against common UAB opponents this season and have won just two series - Louisiana Tech and UTEP (two of the bottom three teams in the league). UTSA fought hard with Tulsa in its home series, dropping a 12-11 contest and a 2-1 11-inning affair. The Roadrunners also suffered a one-run deficit to No. 12 Baylor in March, one of two games against the Bears - both of which they dropped.

UTSA has the nation’s leader in home runs in its arsenal, Megan Low, who has 22 this season to go with 47 RBI. She’s hitting .388 on the year with a .901 slugging percentage. Jori Fox is just behind with 40 RBI and 10 home runs, while Vivian Tijerina has 10 long balls on the year and 21 RBI.

The UTSA pitching staff has a 3.74 team ERA, but doesn’t have a pitcher with a winning record. Kacy Freeze has thrown 160 innings and is 11-11 with a 4.07 ERA. Nicole Merrill has the lowest ERA, a 2.93, but is 9-10. Chelsea Parker owns a 3-7 record in the circle with a 4.46 ERA in 64 innings pitched.

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