From the University of Alabama at Birmingham Athletics Department:
ATHENS, Ga. – In its fifth-straight NCAA Regional appearance, the UAB softball team (32-27) advanced to the final game on Saturday of the Athens Regional and dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 7 Georgia at Jack Turner Stadium.
"This is the 15th team that has come through UAB softball and it's been a fun ride," head coach Marla Townsend said. "I've got four great seniors that have taken us to four NCAA regionals in a row, this being our fifth. It's from hard work and them buying in to our competitive schedule. We had the second-toughest non-conference schedule in the country and they could have easily folded early and they didn't. They kept working and they take pride in wearing the uniform. They're relentless and I'm proud of them and I'm proud of the fight that they brought this week."
Saturday's game marked UAB's 14th against a top-25 team in what was the Blazers' fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The UAB senior class of Kristen and Megan McGrath, along with Lannah Campbell and Leigh Streetman, cap their Blazer careers having made a NCAA Regional in all four seasons. UAB's impressive run of five-straight is a feat only 22 other teams have accomplished in the last five seasons.
The Blazers and Bulldogs combined for just seven hits throughout the elimination contest. Megan McGrath capped her senior campaign going 2-for-3 at the plate, while Caitlin Attfield added UAB's other hit. Leigh Streetman earned the start and went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on just four hits. Lannah Campbell entered in the circle to toss the final 0.2 innings of the game and didn't give up anything.
UAB had what looked to be a late chance at scoring in the sixth inning. With two down and a runner at first in the bottom of the sixth, Mary Warren drew a walk to put two Blazers on with two outs, down 3-0 to Georgia. After Warren took first, JoJo Fallen stood in the box before the Georgia coaching staff came out to discuss with the home plate umpire, as did the UAB coaching staff. After a long discussion, Warren was called out after the umpire decided she was not correctly re-entered into the contest, therefore ending the inning and threat for the Blazer offense.
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