UAB Offense Takes Down Softball Twice

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – UAB and its offense were too much for Marshall, as the Blazers took down softball during a doubleheader sweep Friday at Dot Hicks Field.

The Blazers (18-11, 5-0 C-USA) would use their bats to take both contests Friday. A late inning home run won it for them in game one and 12 hits and eight runs helped them secure the win in the second contest of the day.

“If we are going to be a contender in C-USA we have to be able to handle adversity and rebound after a tough loss in game one of a doubleheader.”

Game One

The first match-up of Friday saw UAB jump out to a quick one run lead when Catherine Crawford belted her second home run of the year during the top of the first to put her team up 1-0.

The Herd (17-13, 5-3 C-USA) offense finally delivered at the dish in the third when Alianna Telles rip a double down the left field that pushed her teammate Taylor Thompson across the plate for the first run of the inning. Jazmine Valle would put the green and white up when her single drove in pinch runner Emilieigh Cooper to give MU a 2-1 lead after three innings.

Marshall starting pitcher Andi Williamson, as she has done so much of recently, shut down the UAB bats for the majority of the game. Following the Blazers first inning home run and up until the sixth inning, UAB managed to only have two players reach base. The Harts, W.Va. native fanned four opposing batters during that span and ended the game with eight strikeouts.

In the seventh inning, it looked like Marshall would have luck in its favor when Samantha Spurlock made a great play to catch Amy Dennis at third for the second out of the inning. However the McGrath twins would get to Williamson, as Kristen singled and her sister Megan, whom was called on from the bench, delivered with a two out blast to left for a 3-2 UAB lead.

Two Herd players reached base and advanced second and third in the seventh, but UAB pitcher Amber Torres ended the MU threat and the game with a strike out to give UAB the win.

“In game one we were control but missed out on our opportunities to score,” said the Herd’s head coach Shonda Stanton. “One of our offensive goals is to score in three innings and we were unable to achieve that today.”

“Have to give credit to UAB. They were down to their final out and the made us pay.”

Williamson suffered the loss for MU, falling to 12-7 on the season. Torres (2-2) picked her second win of the season in relief.

Game Two

UAB used the momentum they gained from their late inning in game one to down the Herd with a flurry of offense in an 8-0, five inning victory.

All of the Blazers run happen during two, four run innings. UAB started off the game with a five hit first inning that resulted in four runs and a very early lead. The offensive output made the Herd shuffle through three different pitchers. Natalee Pulver, the game’s starter was out after five batters and relief pitcher Erika Bennett exited after just two pitches. Jessica Ferrick would be the Herd third and final pitcher of the game.

The Marshall bats were silenced during the game by the opposing starting pitcher Lannah Campbell. The sophomore allowed only two Herd hits, one in third and one in the fifth, and got the backing of her defense, which didn’t commit and error.

The other four run inning for UAB came in the third, as the Herd hurt itself with three errors, while the Blazers connected for four hits to push their lead to 8-0. UAB finished the contest with 12 hits, the most allowed by MU this season.

Pulver (4-5) suffered the loss while Campbell improved to 8-4 with the win.

“I am excited to get Andi back out their tomorrow and another opportunity for her to face their hitters,” said Stanton. “We have to put today behind and gear our attention to tomorrow.”

UAB and Marshall will square off in the final game of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. Lil’ Sis Day activities will be held in conjunction with the game.

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