May 5, 2012
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –The Conference USA second-place UAB softball team split a doubleheader against league-leading Tulsa on Saturday at the UAB Softball Field. The Blazers (36-18, 17-6 C-USA) claimed the first game, 2-1, but fell to the Golden Hurricane (37-12, 18-5), 3-0, in game two.
With the 3-0 victory Tulsa secured at least a share of the C-USA regular season title, but UAB can also claim a share of the title with a win in Sunday’s rubber match at 1 p.m. CT.
The two teams will also battle for the No. 1 seed in the C-USA Championship in the series finale. The Conference USA Championship is set for next weekend May 10-12 and will be hosted by UAB.
“It’s going to be an interesting ball game tomorrow,” UAB head coach Marla Townsend said. “We need to come out tomorrow and make the most of the opportunities that we’re given. We aren’t a team that gets shutout often, so we look to come out swinging the bats tomorrow.”
Following the series finale on Sunday, UAB will honor its six seniors in Catherine Crawford, Mandy Lowman, Kayla Orr, Erica Sisson, Tiffany Smith and Amber Torres.
In all eight C-USA series this season, UAB has claimed the first game of each three-game set.
“I have a lot of pride knowing we took the first game of all eight conference series,” Townsend said. “I credit it to the team. It’s playing hard and coming out prepared for every conference series.”
The Blazers and Golden Hurricane matched each other hit-for-hit with five in game one and four in game two.
Game 1: UAB 2, Tulsa 1
In game one, the Golden Hurricane started things off with one run in first frame. With two outs, Samantha Cobb singled to right field and moved to second on a fielding error by Kayla Orr. Cobb scored on a Skylar Swanson single to right field.
UAB came back with two runs in the bottom of the same inning and held the 2-1 lead for the remainder of the contest. Whitney Fletcher drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second when Catherine Crawford was hit by a pitch.
K. Orr out-ran an infield single to load the bases for cleanup hitter Mandy Lowman, who ripped a single through the middle to score both Fletcher and Crawford. The two RBI give Lowman 126 in her career, surpassing the UAB school record of 124 set by Cliffanie Engram (2000-03).
UAB starter Lannah Campbell (14-6) tossed 5.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits for the win. She struck out five Tulsa batters before Amber Torres entered the game in relief. Torres pitched the remaining 2.0 innings and earned her third save this season.
Tulsa’s Lacey Middlebrooks (17-5) scattered five hits and allowed two runs in a complete-game effort.
Game 2: Tulsa 3, UAB 0
The Golden Hurricane scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. The first two Tulsa batters reached first as Caitlin Everett hit an infield single and Jill Barrett out-ran a bunt. Cobb stepped to the plate and laced her team-leading 11th home run of the season to give Tulsa the 3-0 lead.
Leigh Streetman (10-8) pitched her seventh complete-game this season and allowed three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts.
Aimee Creger (17-5) went the distance with four hits and 10 strikeouts.
“It came down to Mandy’s hit that scored two runs in the first game and one hit in the second game that accounted for all three runs,” Townsend said. “I think our pitching staff did an outstanding job.
"I think it’s time to hit. In the second game we had every opportunity to score because we left nine runners on base. We had the right people come up to bat in those situations and we didn’t come through. I think it’s as close as two games can get.”