April 30, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB completed a day one sweep of the University of Houston softball team with an 8-0 victory in six innings Saturday afternoon in game two of a Conference USA weekend series at George Ward Park.
UAB (29-18, 13-7 C-USA) moves past Houston (35-20, 12-8 C-USA) in the C-USA standings with the sweep for sole possession of second place.
The Blazers grabbed the early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Lindsay Stanley, Chelsea McCall and Holly Krazan started the frame with consecutive singles to load the bases.
Andrea Rogers was hit-by-a-pitch to give the Blazers a 1-0 advantage, while Nicole Whitlock grounded into a double play allowing McCall and Krazan to score extending the UAB lead to 3-0.
The Blazers tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth inning capitalizing on a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
UAB closed out the game in the sixth inning getting RBIs from Kayla Harris, Jacy Leon and McCall for the final margin of 8-0.
Harris was touched up for two hits in six innings and struck out four batters against one walk to improve to 10-5 on the season, while Carla Kennimer dropped to 7-2 suffering her first C-USA defeat in five starts.
The two teams conclude the weekend series with a Sunday single-game. First pitch is slated for 1pm at George Ward Park.
Houston leads the all-time series 11-5 against UAB, but the Blazers have won five of nine meetings in Birmingham ... Head coach Kyla Holas reused her batting lineup from the opening game against UAB but added Carla Kennimer as the pitcher at the bottom of the lineup ... Holas has used a different lineup in 47 of 55 games and in 27 of her last 31 outings ... The Cougars are 5-2 in the second game of a Conference USA weekend series ... It was only the fourth time this season that the Cougars were shutout ... Houston falls to 9-14 when the opposition scores first and to 6-11 when getting outhit ... The Cougars are 18-13 when not hitting a home run against 17-7 when knocking a homer ... Katie Bush has hit safely in seven of her last nine games ... Bush is now seven hits away from matching Kristen Glowacz's 55 hits for No. 3 single-season by a freshman ... Elaina Nordstrom has reached base in 50 of 55 games ... Nordstrom has hit safely in seven of her last eight contests ... Christa Raley drew a walk in both games of the doubleheader.