UAB head coach Marla Townsend has led the UAB softball program to five-straight NCAA Championship appearances, something only 22 other programs in Division I have done.
May 15, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball program has achieved something only 22 other programs in Division I have done. Make the NCAA Tournament in five-straight (active) seasons.
The Blazers made their first appearance in program history in the tournament in 2010, and have since established themselves as a contender each of the past five seasons as an NCAA Championship regular.
The other 22 programs to have made the NCAA Championship in each of the last five seasons include Alabama, Arizona State, Florida, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, Michigan, Florida State, BYU, Washington, Georgia, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Missouri. UAB is the only Conference USA team to have qualified for the NCAA Championship in five-straight seasons.
UAB’s postseason run in 2013 wasn’t short-lived, as the Blazers won their first-ever regional, claiming the NCAA Louisville Regional. In that bracket, UAB topped host-Louisville once and No. 16 UCLA twice to advance to an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in program history.
The Blazers own a 5-9 overall record in the NCAA Championship and have won three of their last six in postseason play.
This weekend’s play at the NCAA Athens Regional will mark the second time that UAB has played in Athens for an NCAA Softball Regional. The Blazers also played in the 2011 Athens Regional where they won their opening game against Florida State before losing to Georgia and then in a second contest against the Seminoles.
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