Feb. 7 C-USA Softball Recaps
Feb. 8, 2013
IRVING, Texas - UAB opened its 2013 softball season by knocking off No. 16 Washington, 4-3, at the Paradise Softball Classic in Honolulu late Thursday night. The win is UAB's first over a Pac 12 school and marks the highest-ranked team it has ever defeated. Kristen McGrath and Kate Armstrong both hit solo home runs during a four-run fourth inning that would give the Blazers all the offense they needed. Southern Miss opened the season with a 3-1 win in the opening game of a doubleheader against Cal State Fullerton behind pitcher Kimberly Wagner's six innings of three-hit work in the circle.
UAB opened the 2013 season with a 4-3 victory over No. 16 Washington at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic.
The Blazers opened the game with strong pitching from junior Leigh Streetman, who retired the first three Washington batters. The Huskies went on to score in the second inning off a double from Kelli Suguro.
The Blazers broke the game open in the fourth inning when junior Kristen McGrath blasted her first homerun of the season while sitting on an 0-2 count. One pitch later, and senior Kate Armstrong homered to the same spot to give the Blazers the 2-1 lead. Junior Megan McGrath reached on a walk, and freshman Kelly Britt saw her first action in Green and Gold as a pinch runner. Senior Chandler Orr then doubled to right field, and was advanced to third by a wild pitch and Britt ran home to push the lead to 3-1. Senior Anna Kimbrell's sac fly to right field brought Orr home to push the lead to 4-1.
At No. 16, Washington is the highest-ranked opponent UAB has defeated in program history, and also marks the Blazers' first victory over a Pac-12 school. The last time the Blazers defeated a ranked opponent was during the 2011 season, when the Green and Golf topped then-No. 25 Houston in each games of the conference series.
UAB fell to No. 23 Hawai'i, 7-2, in its second game of the day.
Southern Miss opened their 2013 campaign with a 3-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton before dropping the nightcap, 4-2, on Thursday at Anderson Family Field.
The Golden Eagles got their first victory over the Titans in program history and were led at the plate by freshman Morgan McKeever who went 3-for-7 with two RBI over both games while senior Kimberly Wagner got her first win and allowed just one run in six innings of work.