BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The UAB softball team swept its doubleheader with UTEP, 7-2 and 5-1, on Saturday at the UAB Softball Field.
The Blazers have now won 10 consecutive games at home, tying the school record, which was originally set during the 2002 season.
With the wins, UAB improves to 28-11 overall and continues to lead the Conference USA standings at 15-2. UTEP falls to 12-27 on the year and 1-15 in C-USA.
“I liked the way we came out today,” head coach Marla Townsend said. “I think we had great presence at the plate, and we did a good job getting the timing down on the pitches. We put the ball in play pretty solid, and I’m very pleased.”
On the day, freshman Caitlin Attfield led the team with a .600 batting average, while sophomore Heather Pearson and junior Kristen McGrath hit home runs.
UAB 7, UTEP 2
In the series opener, UTEP got on the board first, as Kayleigh Oranger was scored on a single by Alanna Leasau.
UAB answered in the bottom of the frame, as Attfield drew a walk to start the Blazer batting order and was scored on a groundout by senior Whitney Fletcher to tie the score at 1-1.
In the bottom of the second, senior Chandler Orr drew a leadoff walk, and was advanced on a sacrifice bunt by junior Megan McGrath. Sophomore Amy Dennis also walked, and the runners were advanced to second and third, respectively, before Pearson hit a three-RBI blast over the center field fence to push the score to 4-1.
The Miners scored their second run in the top of the fifth frame as they hit four-consecutive singles off pitcher Lauren Webster (11-3). Junior Lannah Campbell entered the game with the bases loaded and one out before a double play ended the UTEP threat.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Attfield reached on another leadoff walk, while Fletcher got on base by a single to right field and took second on the throw. A squeeze bunt by senior Kate Armstrong got one run across, while K. McGrath followed with another bunt to plate another run, pushing the score to 6-2.
UAB scored its final run of the game as M. McGrath reached on an error by UTEP’s shortstop, which allowed freshman Ashley Johnson, in to run for K. McGrath, to score.
In the circle, UAB’s pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts as Webster picked up the win and Campbell was credited with her sixth save of the season. For UTEP, Cynthia Villasrtigo (0-2) allowed four runs on one hit in 4.1 innings, while Jade Rodriguez.
UAB 5, UTEP 1
Campbell threw 4.1 perfect innings, and only allowed one UTEP run, in the 5-1 win in game two. Campbell, who threw her fourth complete game of the season, struck out nine batters and is now 8-2 on the year.
“Our pitchers did well today, obviously Lauren (Webster) threw well in the first game and Lannah (Campbell) came in strong, then threw a solid second game,” Townsend said. “I’m really impressed all the way around at how they came out today, and champions win on Sunday.”
K. McGrath got the Blazers on the board in the second inning as she hit a leadoff home run over center field, her ninth of the season.
Later in the inning, Orr, who was hit by pitch, was scored on a single up the middle by Attfield to put UAB up, 2-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Orr reached on a bunt single that rolled up the third base line but remained fair, and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by M. McGrath. Sophomore Hayley Davis singled down the left field line to score Orr, and reached second on the throw. Davis was advanced to third on a bunt by Attfield, before both runners were advanced home on a double to right center by Fletcher to push UAB’s lead to 5-0.
UTEP scored its lone run of the game in the top of the seventh as Leasau doubled to center field to score Oranger from first.
For UTEP, pitcher Danielle Pearson (6-11) allowed five runs on nine hits and hit one batter.
Up next, UAB goes its fourth series sweep of the season as the Blazers face UTEP in the finale on Sunday at Noon CT.