Feb. 10, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The 17th-ranked Auburn softball team hit a single-game program-record five home runs in a 15-1 win over Miami (Ohio) in five innings Friday at the Tiger Invitational. The win marked head coach Tina Deese's 300th at Auburn.
The Tigers began the afternoon with a 7-0 victory over Minnesota at Jane B. Moore Field.
The Tigers' five home runs broke a team record most recently tied last season against Tennessee. Last season, Auburn hit 68 as a team and through just two games, have already hit six.
Junior Holly Currie hit two home runs in the victory, pacing the Tigers with seven runs batted in. Senior Krista Barts hit her first career home run, while junior Sara Ghezzi and freshman Tatiana Fernandez also went deep for the Tigers (2-0 overall).
"That's a great way to start off a season," Deese said. "The offense really did its job, evidenced by the five home runs."
Currie hit three-run home runs in the second and third innings, and walked home a run in the fourth. Her seven RBI fell three shy of her career-record of 10 set last season.
Fernandez began Auburn's penchant for home runs with a two-run round tripper in the first inning, the first of her career. Ghezzi followed that up with a solo shot in the third, while Barts' came in the Tigers' three-run fourth.
Junior Beth DiPietro worked five innings for the victory, striking out nine, which is just shy of her career high of 10 set last season. She improved to 1-0 this season.
Freshman Taryn Gray paced the Tigers with three hits in the win, while senior Ashley Griffin had two. Barts and Fernandez both had two RBI.
Courtney Salmon threw 2 1/3 innings for the Redhawks (0-1), allowing nine runs, all earned, and nine hits. She fell to 0-1.
In Auburn's first game, Currie struck out 11 and freshman Taryn Gray went 3-for-3 as the Tigers opened the season with a 7-0 win over the Golden Gophers (0-1).
Gray, who went 6-for-8 on the day, doubled in Auburn's first at bat of the season and eventually scored during the team's two-run first. Auburn put three on the board in fifth, and had solo runs in the second and sixth innings en route to the victory.
Griffin hit her first home run and the team's first of the season in the second to lead off the inning.
Juniors Kristina McCain and Heather Garrison both had two hits in the win. Garrison, also in her first game as a Tiger after transferring from Francis Marion, had two RBI.
Currie walked three and allowed just two hits for the victory, improving to 1-0 on the season. On the opposite end, Minnesota's Briana Hassett picked up the loss and fell to 0-1. She allowed seven runs -- just three earned -- and 12 hits in six innings of work.
Auburn continues its turn at the Tiger Invitational Saturday by hosting Evansville at 12:30 p.m. and North Carolina State at 3 p.m. CT. Catch both games live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com and on the radio at WZMG-AM (910).
TIGER NOTES: Head Coach Tina Deese's first victory at Auburn came during the team's inaugural season in 1997 ... Auburn defeated Samford, 4-2, in 10 innings on Feb. 14, 1997 ... The Tigers wore their white uniforms for both games ... Auburn improved to 9-1 all-time in season-opening games ... The team is also 30-4 all-time at the Tiger Invitational.