The UAB softball team enters the weekend with a shot at winning a Conference USA regular season title for the first time since 2013 and only the second time in program history.
The Blazers open up a three-game series at Charlotte on Friday at 5 p.m. The winner of the series could claim the regular season title. UAB carries a 15-6 C-USA record into the final regular season weekend, which gives the Blazers a slight lead over Charlotte (14-6) and a one-game advantage over North Texas (14-7).
North Texas plays host to Middle Tennessee (12-8). UAB owns the tiebreaker over North Texas. The Mean Green won the series over Charlotte, which gives the Mean Green the tiebreaker in that scenario. UAB or Charlotte will clinch the title with a sweep this weekend.
UAB won the regular season championship in 2013, went on to win an NCAA Regional, beating UCLA to advance, and lost a pair of Super Regional games at Florida.
The Blazers carry a seven-game winning streak into the final three games of the season. They are 8-8 in true road games and 6-3 away from home in conference play. Charlotte has been tough to beat at home, compiling a 15-6 overall record and winning 7 of 8 home games.
Charlotte’s top players are first baseman Kassidy Krupit and outfielder Bailey Vanney. Krupit is second in C-USA in batting average (.390) and hits (62) and Vanney is second in runs (41), home runs (13) and slugging percentage (.722). Pitcher Sam Gress is the C-USA leader in wins (19) and second in ERA (1.83) and strikeouts (125 in 176.1 innings).
UAB’s Sierra Frazier, a three-time All-C-USA player, is third in the conference in home runs (11) and fourth in slugging percentage (.688). She leads the Blazers with 41 RBIs and is second with a .336 batting average. Bella Wiggins leads the Blazers with a .341 average and Lauren Brock has a team-high 50 hits.
First pitch on Saturday is at noon CT, and Sunday’s game begins at 11 a.m. CT. All games from the weekend series will be telecast on ESPN+.
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