|Blazers Power Past Niners in C-USA Doubleheader|
Birmingham, Ala.- UAB's power proves to be too much for the Niners in Conference USA play on Friday night, as Charlotte falls to UAB with back-to-back 8-0 losses. Charlotte drops to 16-24 on the season and 7-12 in C-USA play. With the doubleheader win, UAB moves to 29-19 and 13-6 in league play.
Charlotte struggled at the plate in the doubleheader tallying seven hits and no runs. Three Niners tallied a hit in the double header. Samantha Slade (Apex, N.C./ Apex HS) and Jessie Fennell (Blaine, Tenn./ Grainger HS) went 2-4 apiece at the plate, while Jackie Kleinsmith (Santa Maria, Calif./ Righetti HS) picked up three hits going 2-2 in the nightcap.
UAB jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Caitlin Attfield led off the game with a triple to center field. Attfield would come around to score on a single to left field. Kristen and Megan McGrath grabbed singles in the inning to plate another run for a 2-0 cushion.
Charlotte's Fennell picked up the Niners' first hit in the top of the third inning with a base knock to left field.
The Blazers used a three run third inning with a M. McGrath solo home run followed by a single and another Blazer home run to build a comfortable 5-0 lead. UAB posted another three run inning in the bottom of the fourth off K. McGrath's two run homer. Mary Warren followed that up with a solo shot to give the Blazers an 8-0 lead.
Sam Slade singled to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Jackie Kleinsmith picked up the final hit for the Niners with an infield single. Back-to-back punch outs stranded the Niners in scoring position.
The night cap was a different story for the Niners in the early innings only allowing a run through the first three innings.
Jackie Kleinsmith picked up the first hit for either squad in the top of the second inning with a base knock through the left side of the infield. Kleinsmith would pick up her second hit of the contest and third of the night with a single up the middle in the top of the fourth. Sam Slade would pick up a hit through the right side of the infield, but a double play wiped away the chances for the Niners to scratch across a run.
The Blazers would post four runs in the bottom of the fourth and three runs in the bottom of the fifth for a walk-off 8-0 victory.
Lexi Betancourt (Garner, N.C./ West Johnson HS) picked up the loss in game one of the series falling to 15-12 on the season, allowing eight runs off 10 hits in 3.1 innings. Mackenzie Hauser (Lexington, N.C./ North Davidson HS) pitched the final 2/3 of the fourth in a scoreless outing.
Chelsea Lisikatos (Cold Spring, N.Y./ Haldene HS) falls to 0-7 on the season picking up the loss in the night cap tossing 4.1 innings allowing eight runs off nine hits.
Charlotte will face the Blazers in the series finale in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday with first pitch slated for 2 pm eastern.