Feb. 19, 2013
UAB vs. Alabama Final Box
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Senior catcher Anna Kimbrell
hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, but the UAB softball team ultimately fell to No. 1/2 Alabama, 8-4, Tuesday night in its home opener at the UAB Softball Field in front of a crowd of 1,204.
"I'm really impressed with our mentality," head coach Marla Townsend said. "We're taking things one pitch at a time. Anna Kimbrell had a huge hit, but all the hitters were present at the plate."
With the loss UAB falls to 6-4, while Alabama improves to 11-0.
Kimbrell's homer was her fourth of the season, and she now has nine total RBI, which is second most on the team. The Fort Mill, S.C., native was also credited with seven putouts on the night.
Sophomore center fielder Amy Dennis led the team in hits with two for the contest, both doubles to the left side of the field.
The Crimson Tide scored three runs early in the first inning when Kallie Case hit a three-run homer over left field with only one out on the board.
Alabama score two more runs in the third inning, both off defensive miscues from the Blazers. In the fifth inning, Kaila Hunt started off with a solo home run over center field, and the Crimson Tied scored its final two runs early in the seventh inning.
All three UAB pitchers saw time in the circle, with junior Leigh Streetman earning the start and the loss. Streetman and fellow junior Lannah Campbell each struck out four batters in three innings, and three and two thirds inning, respectively. Senior pitcher Lauren Webster came in during the top of the seventh frame and faced one batter.
In the circle for Alabama, Jackie Traina pitched a complete game for her sixth win of the season. The Blazers were able to draw six walks and Traina allowed five hits.
"Looking at walks and errors, it's big that we won that freebie war," Townsend added. "I felt like we had some good at bats, and we were maybe one foot away from tying it up. We definitely grew as a team tonight and we can learn a lot from the quality at-bats we had tonight."
Up next, UAB travels to Montgomery, Ala., to face Alabama State in a doubleheader on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.