UAB Softball Season Recap

May 17, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball team recently wrapped up its 2017 campaign at the Conference USA Championship held in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Mary Warren once again proved to be UAB’s power in the heart of the order hitting a team best six home runs with a .510 slugging percentage in her senior season.

The Ocoee, Fla., native finished her career as the Blazers’ single season home run leader in her final two seasons. Warren’s 3-for-4 day in the C-USA Championship earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team despite the Blazers only playing in one game.

Warren was also named the C-USA Player of the Week May 8 to give the Blazers’ its only weekly conference honor this season; it was Warren’s third of her career.

Despite the slew of returning players this season, it was freshman Destini England who made a name for herself on the base paths and landed herself on the C-USA All-Freshman Team.

England appeared in all 54 games, gathering 50 starts with a .279 batting average; the second best on the team.

England finished the season with a team-high seven triples, which ties Whitney Fletcher for the most by a Blazer in a single season and ranks fifth in the nation. The Hoover, Ala., native sits in a four-way tie for fifth for most triples in a career.

England also led the Green and Gold in hits (50), runs (27), total bases (65), at bats (169) and stolen bases (9).

Molli Garcia was another stellar addition to the UAB lineup. The junior college transfer was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team at the catcher position.

Garcia was a force to be reckoned with at the dish as well as behind it. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native finished the season with a .233 batting average, 34 hits, seven doubles and 12 RBI.

Behind the plate, she was responsible for 16 runners caught stealing and tallied four pickoffs in her junior campaign.

Analyse Petree had a breakout sophomore season. She ranks third on the squad with a .259 batting average, 37 hits and 18 RBI. She has the second most home runs with five and is tied for a team-high seven doubles.

The Blazers were led in the circle by freshman Claire Blount who tallied a team-high nine wins and a team-best 2.94 ERA as well as being named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.

Blount made 33 total appearances in the circle and started 18 games for the Blazers. She tossed a staff-high 11 complete games, 126 strikeouts and three shutouts in 162.0 innings of work.

Cara Goodwin came on strong in the second-half of the season to lighten Blount’s load. Over 122.1 innings pitched, the senior gave up 75 runs on 110 hits with 94 strikeouts and walked just 48 batters.

Opponents carried a .247 batting average against her while picking up six wins on the season. The veteran right-hander pitched 10 complete games, one shutout and picked up one save in her final season.

UAB played against 10 teams who earned post-season berths, with nine of those teams playing in the coveted NCAA Tournament.

The Blazers ended the season with a 21-33 overall record and a 12-12 C-USA record, clinching the second spot in the West Division.

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