Feb. 20, 2012
|Game 8 | No. 2/2 Alabama (7-0, 0-0 SEC) at UAB (5-5, 0-0 C-USA)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 6 p.m. CT
||Birmingham, Ala. | UAB Softball Field (250)
||Standing Room Only | UAB Ticket Website
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||Alabama | UAB
||Alabama leads 10-0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2 ranked Alabama softball team (7-0) will wrap up its road trip to start the season with a midweek contest against instate foe UAB (5-5). The Crimson Tide will meet the Blazers on Tuesday, Feb. 21, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m., at the UAB Softball Field.
LAST TIME OUT
The No.2-ranked Alabama softball team continued its winning ways as it swept its three games at the SEC/ACC/Big XII Challenge this weekend in Auburn, Ala. Alabama opened the tournament with a 12-9 victory over No. 20 Georgia Tech on Friday. UA then downed Virginia Tech, 7-3, on Saturday and was slated to play No. 4 ranked Oklahoma afterwards but inclement weather canceled the top-five matchup. Alabama closed out its stay with a Sunday morning 3-1 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma State.
WHO TO WATCH
Senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia carried Alabama to three wins over the weekend at the SEC/ACC/Big XII Challenge. The New York native led the team in six offensive categories, including: a .667 average, six hits, seven RBI, a 1.000 slugging percentage, a .692 on base percentage and two walks. Reilly-Boccia got the tournament started off in impressive fashion as she batted 4-for-4, drove in three runs and reached base five times against No. 20 Georgia Tech. The four hits was a career high. She then drove in three more, reaching base in her first two at-bats in the win against Virginia Tech. Reilly-Boccia then hit her first home run of the season when she belted a solo shot off the scoreboard in a 3-1 win over No. 15 Oklahoma State.
UAB enters the week with a 5-5 record after finishing 2-3 at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The Blazers earned wins over Southern Utah (2-0) and North Dakota (9-8), dropping the three games to Arizona (7-0), and Western Kentucky (3-2, 6-0) twice. UAB is hitting .234 as a team and pitching at a 2.88 clip. The Blazers have been outscored 38-29 while opponents are hitting .262 and sport a 2.11 ERA. Individually Mandy Lowman leads the team with a .455 average, two home runs and five RBI. Kristen McGrath has provided the punch with a team-best three home runs and six RBI. In the circle, Leigh Streetman has tallied the most starts, posting a 1-2 record and a 3.46 ERA. She has struck out 28 in 26 1/3 innings while opponents have hit .280 against the sophomore. UAB returns 15 letterwinners and seven starters to a team that finished 39-19 overall and third in C-USA with a 17-6 record. Head coach Marla Townsend is in her 14th season and has posted a 348-360 record.
The two teams will be meeting for the 11th time with Alabama holding a perfect 10-0 advantage. The two programs last played each other on Feb. 22, 2011, at the UAB Softball Field with the Tide earning a 3-0 win. UA scored three seventh inning runs and used a one-hit, 14 strikeout gem from Kelsi Dunne to escape with the victory. Senior Jennifer Fenton enters the game with a .353 lifetime average against the instate foe, tallying a double, triple, home run and three RBI while stealing two bases. Fellow senior Jazlyn Lunceford has batted .364 with three RBI and has stolen two bases.
REILLY-BOCCIA NAMED A LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS CANDIDATE
Alabama senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was named one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Alabama enters the season with one of the most experienced squads in the country. The Crimson Tide boasts six seniors that have combined to find time in 951 games and start 740 times. Five of the six seniors have started more than 100 games in their careers. Cassie Reilly-Boccia leads the senior class with 196 games played and 185 starts.
BRAUD AND TRAINA NAMED TO USA PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Alabama junior outfielder Kayla Braud and sophomore utility player Jackie Traina have been selected for the “Watch List” for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award by Amateur Softball Association of America.
SOFTBALL GARNERS FOUR PRESEASON ALL-SEC SELECTIONS
The Alabama softball team garnered four selections as the Southeastern Conference unveiled its fifth annual Preseason All-SEC team. Those selected to the team were seniors Cassie Reilly-Boccia and Amanda Locke, junior Kayla Braud and sophomore Jackie Traina.
ALABAMA PICKED TO WIN WESTERN DIVISION
The Alabama softball team is predicted to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division, as voted upon by the conference coaches, the league office announced. Florida was selected to win the conference with six first place votes while Tennessee was close behind with five first place votes.
NEXT TIME OUT
Alabama will finally open its home schedule when it hosts East Carolina, North Dakota State and SIUE at the Easton Bama Bash presented by Drash. The Tide will play a total of five games, opening the tournament on Friday, Feb. 24, with two games, beginning the day against ECU at 4 p.m., followed by a matchup with NDSU right after.