A Look Back: UAB's Fifth-Straight NCAA Season

Head coach Marla Townsend led the UAB Blazers to their fifth-straight NCAA Championship season in 2014. UABsports.com recaps the season in this review.

June 4, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball program advanced to the 2014 NCAA Championship for the fifth-straight season this spring and finished as Conference USA runners-up in the league race. UABsports.com recaps the season, along with notes, honors, accomplishments and records below.

Team Notes

  • UAB made the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight season in 2014 – just one of 23 teams in the NCAA to accomplish that feat
  • The Blazers played the nation’s second-toughest non-conference schedule and 10th-toughest schedule overall
  • UAB’s RPI was as high as No. 26 at one point during the season – March 31 – for the best RPI in program history; the Blazers were No. 36 entering the NCAA Tournament selection show before being selected as one of the NCAAs 32 at-large teams to the postseason
  • UAB played 17 games against nine teams in the regular season that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championship (Alabama, Baylor, Georgia, Lipscomb, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Alabama and Tulsa)
  • Six of UAB’s games in 2014 came against teams who advanced to this year’s Women’s College World Series (1 vs. Baylor, 3 vs. Oklahoma, 2 vs. Alabama)
  • The Blazers played 14 games against top-25 teams (NFCA) in 2014, highlighted by a combined five games against the defending national champions from each of the last three seasons (3 games at No. 17 Oklahoma, 2 games vs. No. 11/3 Alabama)
  • Head coach Marla Townsend picked up win No. 450 in her career on May 3, 2014 when UAB split a doubleheader with the UTSA Roadrunners; the win also gave the UAB softball program win No. 450
  • UAB also played 11 extra-inning games, including six of the first 10 that went to extras – the Blazers at one point also played in three-straight extra-inning games (2/15 vs. Iowa – 9 innings, 2/16 vs. Lipscomb – 8 innings, 2/19 vs. South Alabama – 11 innings)
  • UAB earned national attention in the preseason polls by being ranked No. 21 in the NFCA Preseason Top-25 Poll, the first time UAB has ever been ranked in the preseason poll – the Blazers were also tabbed as the Preseason Coaches’ Conference USA choice to win the 2014 league championship for the first time in school history (Caitlin Attfield and Lannah Campbell were also named to the Conference USA Preseason All-Conference Team)
  • The Blazers hit 57 home runs on the season for an average of 0.97 per game, 45th-best in the NCAA; UAB hit at least two home runs in the same game 14 different times
  • UAB finished the season ranked 30th in the NCAA in fielding percentage (.971), which breaks the school record; the Blazers also averaged 0.42 double plays per game, which ranked 26th in the NCAA

Team Records

  • Hit 57 home runs on the year, most UAB has ever hit in a single season
  • Broke single-season walks record after totaling 193 on the year
  • Set a new single-season on-base percentage mark after totaling a .366 in 2014
  • Committed just 49 errors and ranked 30th in the NCAA in fielding percentage at .971, which becomes UAB’s best defensive season in its 15-year history

Individual Records

  • Caitlin Attfield
    • Hit .425 in 2014, which ranked 27th nationally and tops UAB’s single-season batting average mark
    • Totaled a .580 slugging percentage, which ranks fourth in single-season history
    • Finished 2014 with a .473 on-base percentage, which becomes No. 1 on the UAB single-season list
    • Totaled 207 at-bats this season, which is No. 2 on the UAB single-season list
    • Became UAB’s single-season hits leader with 88 on the year
    • Finished with 120 total bases, which tops UAB’s single-season lead
    • Holds UAB’s top career batting average through two seasons with a mark of .393
    • Ranks second in career on-base percentage entering her junior campaign sitting at .452
  • Kristen McGrath
    • Slugged at .628 in her senior campaign, which ranks No. 1 all-time in a single UAB season
    • Totaled 61 hits in 2014, which ranks tied for 10th in a single season
    • Hit a team-leading 13 doubles as a senior, which ranks tied for fifth in a single season
    • Tied her twin sister, Megan, for the most home runs in a single season; Kristen hit 14 in 2012, while Megan hit 14 in 2014; Kristen’s 14 this season rank tied for third for most in a single season
    • Topped UAB’s single-season RBI record after totaling 50 in 2014
    • Totaled 113 bases as a senior, which ranks second all-time in a single UAB season
    • Finished with a .288 career batting average, which ranks eighth on the UAB career list
    • Ends her UAB career as the Blazers’ top slugger after finishing with a .524 career slugging percentage
    • Took 643 at-bats in her four-year career, which is fourth-most of any UAB player
    • Finished with 185 career hits, which is fifth all-time
    • Broke UAB’s career home run record in 2014 and finished with 44 on her career, which tops the old record by 12
    • Also broke the career RBI record after totaling 152 in her career; that number breaks the old mark by 26 RBI
    • Totaled 337 career bases in four years, which is also a UAB career record
    • Drew 59 career walks, seventh-most in UAB history
  • Megan McGrath
    • Slugged .578 in her senior campaign, which is fourth-best of any Blazer in a single season
    • Hit 14 home runs in 2014, which ties her twin sister, Kristen, for the UAB single-season record
    • Totaled 104 bases as a senior, which is fifth-best in a single season
    • Hit 18 career home runs, sixth most of any Blazer in a UAB career
    • Leigh Streetman
      • Totaled a 19-17 record as a senior, which is the second-most number of wins of any pitcher in UAB history in a single season
      • Made 41 appearances in the circle for the Blazers in 2014, which is second-most in a single season
      • Started the fourth-most number of games (32) of any Blazer pitcher in single-season history
      • Tossed 18 complete games as a senior, seventh-most of any Blazer in a season
      • Threw seven shutouts as a senior, tied for second-most of any Blazer pitcher in a single season
      • Struck out 233 opposing hitters in 2014, the second-highest strikeout total in a single UAB season
      • Threw 207.2 innings in 2014, the fourth-highest IP total of a Blazer in a single season
      • Ends her UAB career with the fifth-best career ERA of any UAB pitcher (2.18)
      • Held opposing hitters to a .210 batting average over her career, which is the top mark of any UAB pitcher in the program’s 15-year history
      • Won 58 career games in the circle, tied for the most wins of any pitcher in UAB history
      • Finished as UAB’s career saves leader with 13 on her career
      • Made the most appearances of any Blazer pitcher in her career (144)
      • Started in 93 games in her Blazer career, third most in a UAB career
      • Threw 50 career complete games, which ranks third on the UAB career list
      • Tossed 22 career shutouts, second-most on the UAB career list
      • Ranks second all-time in strikeouts with 692 in her career
    • Lannah Campbell
      • Allowed just 0.81 walks per game as a senior, which is tops on the UAB single-season list; also allowed just 1.17 walks per seven innings, which is 17th-best in the NCAA
      • Made 37 appearances as a senior, which ranks ninth-most on the UAB single-season list
      • Started in 27 games in 2014, ninth-most of a Blazer pitcher in a single season
      • Tossed 179.1 innings as a senior, 10th-most of any Blazer pitcher in a single season
      • Finished with a 2.15 career ERA, third-best on the UAB career list
      • Career opponent batting average of .237 ranks seventh-best on UAB’s career list
      • Totaled 44 wins in her career, fourth-most of any pitcher in UAB history
      • Made 124 career appearances in the circle, fourth-most of any pitcher
      • Started in 71 career games, fourth-most of any Blazer pitcher
      • Tossed 32 career complete games, sixth-most of any Blazer pitcher
      • Threw 12 career shutouts, which stands as fourth-best on UAB’s career shutouts list
      • Threw 514.1 career innings, fourth-best on the UAB career list
      • Struck out 525 hitters in her career, fourth-most of any Blazer pitcher
    • Heather Pearson
      • Drew 36 walks in 2014, second-highest total of any hitter in a single season
      • Ranks fifth in career walks with 69 entering her senior season 


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