Softball Winning Streak Snapped at Seven
April 29, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB used a five-run third inning to defeat the University of Houston softball team 6-4 on a blustery Saturday afternoon in the opening game of a Conference USA weekend series at George Ward Park.
UAB (28-18, 12-7 C-USA) snapped Houston's (30-19, 12-7 C-USA) seven-game winning streak. The Blazers also halted Houston's nine-game winning steak in the overall series.
The Blazers pushed across five runs on five hits in the third inning chasing Houston starter Angel Shamblin from the game.
Amanda Antonovich opened the frame with a walk and moved to second base on a Jacy Leon sacrifice bunt. Antonovich went to third on an infield single by Allison Davis and scored as the ball scooted away off Davis giving UAB a 1-0 lead.
The Blazers got a single from Lindsay Stanley that allowed Davis to move to third base. Stanley stole second and Chelsea McCall made it 2-0 with a RBI-single. Holly Krzan drew a walk to load the bases.
After Andrea Rogers flew out to centerfield, UAB got a two-run double from Nicole Whitlock followed by a Leigh Walker RBI-single extending the advantage to 5-0.
Houston responded by capitalizing on four consecutive walks in the fourth inning from UAB starter Jennifer Nelson to trim the deficit down to 5-1. Jamie Adams grounded into a fielder's choice to make it 5-2, but Nelson got Jaci Gonzalez to foul out to end the threat.
The Cougars continued to rally as Jessica Valis, Katie Bush and Elaina Nordstrom opened the fifth inning stringing together a trio of singles. Christa Raley drew the Cougars within 5-3 scoring Valis on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Angel Shamblin reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base, while Laura Durham was intentionally walked to reload the bases. Laurie Wagner flew out to centerfield keeping the game at 5-3.
UAB tacked on an insurance run in the home half of the fifth as Antonovich drew a bases loaded walk pushing the lead to 6-3.
The Cougars had one last rally in the sixth inning as Nordstrom ripped a RBI-double past a diving Stanley to left centerfield. From her centerfield post, McCall gathered the ball and threw a one-hopper to the plate to get Bush, who was trying to score from first base, out at home keeping the score at 6-4.
Shamblin was tagged with the loss, while Nelson sprayed seven hits over seven innings overcoming eight walks. Both pitchers are now 14-7 on the season.