March 30, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After rain forced the team's to move games up, Southern Miss battled through a pair of close games but were never able to find the timely hits as UAB completed the softball series sweep on Saturday at the UAB Softball Field.
A pitcher's duel was broken wide open in the first game of the day as UAB took down Southern Miss 6-0, behind the power off a three-run homer from Anna Kimbrell. The Golden Eagles matched the Blazers in hits with four apiece, but it was UAB who were able to take advantage of runners on base.
In the afternoon game, UAB got two unearned runs in the third inning and held on to complete the series sweep. Katie Cleary got two of the Eagles' five hits in the game.
Southern Miss is back on the diamond on Tuesday when they host regional rival Troy in a doubleheader, dubbed as the team's FTTT (Fill To The Top) game. Tickets for that game will be $2 and the Hattiesburg Zoo will have a number of animals visit the park for fans to see.
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The game started much like Friday's game started - as a pitcher's duel between freshman Kaitlin Wilson and UAB's Lannah Campbell, who both carried no-hit bids into the fourth inning. Campbell also opened up the first three innings by striking out five Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss got their first hit of the weekend in the top of fourth, however, as Taylor Beck got a lead-off double but was later erased on a strike-out/pick-off play one batter later. The Blazers ended Wilson's own no-hit bid in the fourth as lead-off batter Caitlin Attfield singled up the middle on a full count and later advanced over on a sacrifice bunt.
After a ground out and a walk, Anna Kimbrell took advantage of the runners on base to the tune of a two-out, three-run home run to left center field to put the Blazers up 3-0. A Golden Eagle fielding error put Chandler Orr on second and another Blazer hit pushed the lead to 4-0.
UAB added to their lead in the fifth after both Attfield and Whitney Fletcher got free bases before being driven in on a two-out single through the right side by Kristen McGrath to go up 6-0.
In the sixth, Kristen Franson drew a one-out walk and moved over the third on Beck's second double of the game, but Campbell was able to induce a ground out and a pop out to escape the inning.
The Blazers held on in the seventh, giving up a walk but throwing out the runner at second and a hit to Michelle Stringer, to earn the shutout victory. Campbell (6-1) finished the day with 10 strikeouts after allowing three hits and surrendering two walks while Wilson (4-10) suffered the loss after working four innings and giving up four runs (three earned) with three strikeouts.
Unlike the first two games, the Eagles got something cooking in the early goings, loading up the bases in the first inning, but a pair of strikeouts and a ground out with the bases juiced got UAB out of the threat.
The Blazers answered back with a bases loaded situation of their own in the bottom half of the frame, but freshman Emily Wood was able to strike out Orr to end the inning.
In the third, after allowing two base runners, Kimberly Wagner came on in relief of Emily Wood. However, UAB loaded the bases again and Southern Miss nearly escaped the threat, but a dropped pop up allowed the Blazers to bring their first run across and keep the inning going. Another hit one batter later plated the second run and give the home squad a 2-0 lead.
Southern Miss belted out a pair of hits from Cleary - her second of the game - and Taylor Beck to lead off the fifth to chase UAB's Lauren Webster from the game, but Friday's pitcher, Leigh Streetman, came on and got a pair of strikeouts and a foul out to end the inning.
Wagner settled in after allowing the first two runs, still charged to Wood, and got the Eagles to the seventh with a two-run deficit, but the Black and Gold were unable to draw the game to a tie and prevent the sweep.
In relief of Wood, Wagner (6-5) suffered the loss, giving up three hits in 3.1 innings of work while striking out three. Webster (8-2) picked up the victory on four innings of work after Streetman did not allow a Golden Eagle base runner in her final three innings of work.