UAB Softball Ends Fall Season On A Roll

Oct. 26, 2000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.... The UAB softball team recorded three victories at George Ward Park last Saturday to close out the fall season of play. The Blazers defeated Tennessee State 9-3, knocked off the University of Alabama at Huntsville 3-2 and shutout Chattanooga 2-0.

"Nicole Stout and Kai Paul really put on an outstanding offensive performance this weekend," said head coach Marla Townsend. "Nicole came through in critical situations and Kai showed her strength as she hit the longest homerun in UAB history. This team has worked hard during the past five weeks and I feel that we are headed in the right direction to have a tremendous year."

In the Blazers' victory over Tennessee State senior pitcher Megan Stephenson had five strikeouts and junior pitcher Mandie Wyatt came on in relief in the fifth inning. Junior outfielder Nicole Stout went 2-2, senior first baseman Jessica Smith was 2-3 and junior third baseman Kai Paul went 2-3 with one double.

"Megan has made tremendous progress considering the injury she sustained," said assistant coach Jennifer Poulsen. "I am pleased with her performance. She has come a long way in a short and limited time. She has nowhere to go but up."

"Mandie will be able to help UAB this season. She complements our pitching staff with different speeds and pitches. I look for big things from her."

Against UAH, the Blazers posted a seventh inning comeback after being down 2-0. Stout had a double in the bottom of the seventh, bringing in the two winning runs. Senior outfielder Jessica Brown went 3-3 with one double and Paul was 2-3 on the game. Sophomore pitcher Kerri Foster picked up the win for UAB.

"Foster kept her composure through seven tough innings," said Poulsen. "If this is any indication of what is to come from Foster, UAB will be in the driver's seat come spring."

In the Blazers' shutout of Chattanooga sophomore pitcher Kelli Thompson allowed only three hits and struck out six. Paul had a solo homerun in the third and was 1-2, sophomore outfielder Cliffanie Engram was 1-3 with an RBI and Stout went 2-3 on the game.

"Simply amazing," said Poulsen. "Kelli's confidence was simply unbroken. She and Amanda (Ellis) took charge of the game from the first pitch and held on for the remainder of the game. This was a great example of a battery that is capable of winning big games for UAB in the future."