Lady Blazers dominate spring break

By on March 27, 2013

On Tuesday March 19, 2013 the UAB Blazers softball team defeated the Alabama State Hornets in Montgomery in a double header. In the first game the Blazers used 11 runs on 13 hits defeating the Hornets 11 to 1.

UAB went 5-1 over the break with the lone defeat coming to state rival, South Alabama, 3-1. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

UAB went 5-1 over the break with the lone defeat coming to state rival, South Alabama, 3-1. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

UAB began their production of runs during the first inning. During the top of the second inning, Megan McGrath, UAB junior and first baseman, walked and moved to second base with the help of Chandler Orr, a senior right fielder.

The UAB Blazers were up 4 to 0 going into the top of the third inning. Alabama State scored a long, unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning off a Blazer miscue at third base. In the top of the sixth inning the UAB Blazers score three more runs closing out the win of 11-1.

During the second game of the afternoon UAB pitcher, Leigh Streetman, threw a perfect game. During seven innings Streetman struck out 10 of the Hornets batters.

UAB held on to a 2-0 lead until the seventh inning. In the seventh inning they plated two more runs—leaving the final score at 4-0 for the second game. Overall, UAB’s team batting average for the day was .379 versus the Hornet’s .070.

The following day the Blazer’s traveled to Mobile to take on South Alabama at the Jaguar Field. The South Alabama Jaguars are ranked number 25. The Blazers showed up with five hits and no errors; however, they were unable to make their runs.

UAB Leigh Streetman and Lannah Campbell both threw three innings a piece. Streetman gave up three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Campbell came in during the fourth inning and allowed one hit of the 10 batters.

South Alabama’s pitcher Hannah Campbell threw the entire game and struck out seven batters and allowed no runs. The final score of the game was 3 to 0 in favor of the South Alabama jaguars.

The UAB Blazers were given a three day break before they traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to take on the tigers. During the first inning the Memphis tigers were able to score two runs against the Blazers. In the second inning the Blazer’s tried to come back, but they were only able to score one run. However, the third inning brought the Blazer’s four runs, three hits, and no errors. The Memphis tigers were unable to score any more runs until the fifth inning. The tigers scored three runs and had two hits. Meanwhile the Blazers, score two runs and made two hits during the fifth inning raising the score 7-5 in favor of the Blazers. The fifth and sixth innings proved to be uneventful as no more points were scored for either team. The final score was 7-5 with another win for UAB.

Later that afternoon the Blazer’s took on the Tigers for the second time. The Blazers defeat the Tigers for a second time with their winning pitcher Lannah Campbell. Similar to the first game Memphis scored two runs in the first inning while the Blazers remained with no runs. The second inning was similar to the first. The Blazer’s remained with zero runs while the Memphis tigers score two more runs raising the score to 4-0 for the tigers. The third, fourth, and fifth innings all went without any more runs; however in the sixth inning the Blazers game back with one run bringing the score to 4-1 still in favor of the tigers. The Blazers came back in the seventh and eighth innings stealing another win. During the seventh inning UAB score two runs with two hits while Memphis made none. In the eighth inning the Blazers score another two runs and two more hits while Memphis was only able to make one hit.

The Blazers defeat the Memphis tigers twice in one day, but they have another scheduled game against each other again on Sunday March 24th.

Taylor Suttle
Staff Writer
tsuttle@uab.edu

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