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Jacksonville State Athletics | March 19, 2014

UAB snaps Jacksonville State's seven-game win streak with 21-2 win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nothing went in favor of Jacksonville State on Tuesday night, when UAB ended the Gamecocks' seven-game win streak with a 21-2 defeat at University Field.

The Blazers (14-13) jumped on the Gamecocks (17-6) with a pair of first inning homeruns and then broke the game open with an 11-run third inning. Both teams had trouble finding the strike zone, with JSU walking 10 Blazer batters and UAB ace Leigh Streetman handing out three free passes.

The Blazers capitalized on every opportunity, connecting on six home runs and driving in at least one run on 10 of their 14 hits. Their six homers tied a school record and the offensive output was the most JSU has allowed in a game.

Sophomore Ella Denes hit her third home run of the season in a 2-for-3 night at the plate for JSU. She singled in the third and belted a solo homer over the wall in right in the fifth. She accounted for half of JSU's hits, with seniors Kalee Tabor and Amanda Maldonado each recording one. Maldonado drove in JSU's first run with a fourth-inning double.

UAB saw its leadoff batter Caitlin Attfield go 4-for-5 with a home run and two singles to drive in three RBI. She was one of three Blazers to drive in three runs, while Heather Pearson and Amy Dennis each drove in four runs.

Streetman (12-6) grabbed the win by limiting JSU to a run on three hits and three walks in four innings in the circle. She struck out six batters before making way for Cara Goodwin, who allowed a run on Denes' homer in the fifth.

Sophomore Casey Akenberger (4-2) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on four hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings of work. She walked two and struck out one. Senior Savanna Hennings gave up six on five hits and a pair of walks in an inning, while Taylor West walked three and allowed three hits to surrender six runs in 1/3 of a frame. Freshman Logan Green tossed the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up the final three runs on two hits and four walks.

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