Weekly sports wrap up: UAB Softball rolls over UTEP and Track team shows up strong in Tennessee

By on April 26, 2013
The track team posted seven top five preformances on the final day of competition as they look to close out the season. Daniel Twieg /Photo Editor

The track team posted seven top five preformances on the final day of competition as they look to close out the season. Daniel Twieg /Photo Editor

On Saturday, both Heather Pearson and Kristen McGrath helped the Blazers secure their third series sweep of the season. They hit a pair of home runs that gave UAB an edge past UTEP 7-2, 5-1 at the UAB softball field.

The Blazers game off the bench with enthusiasm Saturday. Although UTEP scored first, UAB fired right back to tie the score 1-1 in the first inning. At the bottom of the second, the Blazers had the bases loaded. When the time came for Pearson to bat, she smashed the ball across the middle of the field and over the fence. This moved the Blazers up to 4-1.

UTEP continued to fight and scored another run in the fifth. When UTEP had loaded their bases, UAB switched pitchers, which cut the Miners ability to capitalize and even the score.

As the game wore on, the Blazers continued to dig at the Miners, which led to three additional runs to close out the first game in this series.

“I liked the way we came out today,” said head coach Marla Townsend. “I think we had great presence at the plate, and we did a good job getting the timing down on the pitches. We put the ball in play pretty solid, and I’m very pleased.”

For game two, Townsend chose to keep Lannah Campbell in to pitch, and that decision proved to be costly for the Miners. Campbell managed to strike out nine batters and allowed only one run.

UAB and UTEP will meet again Sunday at noon to wrap up the series.

While the UAB softball team squared off against UTEP, the Track and Field squad was making a mad dash for the finish line as several members of the track and field team finished in top spots Saturday at Vanderbilt.

Junior Alexis Bates and senior Shakima Knox finished second and fourth in the 100 meter dash with times of 11.69 and 11.81 seconds respectively.

The Blazers also had a fantastic showing in the hurdles with UAB team members Jessica Shelley and Autumn Burnett placing 5th and 6th overall in the 100 meter hurdles, while Rachel Harley finished in 3rd place at the 400 meter level.

The “A” relay team, which consisted of the four team members Kyana White, Angel Watson, Shakima Knox, and Alexis Bates each running 100 meters, finished in 45.93 seconds. This was not only their best time for the season, but it placed the team third overall.

The Blazers have shown vast improvement this season and there are no signs of them slowing down anytime soon. Next, the track and field team and distance runners will join together April 27, here in Birmingham for the Samford Invitational.

Chase Cole
Senior Staff Writer
chasecole@uab.edu

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