Head coach Marla Townsend and UAB softball earned their 500th career victory Tuesday night with a 6-3 win over Jacksonville State University.
UAB got off to a hot start Tuesday night. After giving up a lead off double, pitcher Madison Hir was able to retire the next three batters to leave JSU’s Dennis stranded. Then the bats were able to start early as senior Caitlin Attfield got a lead off single. Mary Warren was able to drive her in, but was thrown out at second.
Things slowed down as both pitchers settled in. In the third inning, UAB got it going again. Attfield was able to get on base followed by Fallen. Then, Mary Warren crushed her 5th home run extending the lead to 4-0.
JSU got two runs back on a wild pitch (close call at the plate) and a sac fly with another close call. UAB returned the favor scoring 2 more runs in the same inning on a wild pitch.
JSU tried to rally in the 7th scoring 1, but Hir finished them off. Hir pitched a complete game with 4 hits and 3 runs including 7 strikeouts.
Players of the Game
Two players stood out tonight, Caitlin Attfield and Mary Warren. Attfield went a perfect 4-4 at the plate including an RBI, 3 runs scored, and a stolen base. Her speed really bothered JSU when she reached on a soft infield hit to short stop. Teams should know by now, if you don’t charge the ball, you probably won’t get her out.
She also had some outstanding defense tonight. She can cover a lot of ground and makes hitting through the left side of the field almost impossible.
Mary Warren had a monster night at the plate. Her 3-run home run would have broken a windshield if not for the netting surrounding the outfield. She finished the night getting 2 hits and 4 RBIs.
What a great night for UAB. Congratulations Coach Townsend and the UAB softball team on their 500th win! It’s a great day to be a blazer!
UAB looks to wrap up a mid week series at Lipscomb tomorrow before heading to La Tech where they’ll go for their four straight Conference USA series win. Next home game is against No. 3 Auburn next Wednesday at 4 p.m.