Feb. 14, 2007
AUBURN - Senior Holly Currie tied a career-high with 15 strikeouts en route to her seventh career no-hitter as the Auburn softball team defeated Georgia State, 8-0, in a six-inning affair Wednesday at Jane B. Moore Field.
Currie, who threw five no-hitters last season, worked quickly, throwing 100 pitches. She walked just two, with eight of her 15 strikeouts coming in the first three innings. No Georgia State batter advanced past second base. The Panthers (1-4 overall) hit the ball out of the infield just once in a fly out to Lauren Walton in the fifth.
Currie previously struck out 15 against Tennessee Tech in Huntsville last season.
"I didn't even knew I threw a no-hitter until I was told after the game," Currie said. "There was some great defense. My stuff wasn't working as well as I wanted to but I kept going with it."
Offensively, the Tigers (2-5) surged ahead early in the first with Tatiana Fernandez's first home run of the season, a shot over the right center field fence that scored Currie. Currie had singled with two outs to advance the inning.
The Tigers broke the game open in the fifth, highlighted by Lindsey Harrelson's first career home run. Jorja Bell walked to start the inning, then moved to second on a bunt single by Brittany Scott. Two batters later, and with the runners ahead one base after a Lauren Walton sacrifice bunt, Taryn Gray tripled down the left field line. Gray later scored when Harrelson's home run hit the scoreboard in left field.
"That was a very big inning for us," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We hit the ball squarely all game and got them to really fall in the sixth. Holly threw a great game and we capitalized perfectly. This game was a great way to start the home season."
Auburn ended the game in the sixth with the eight-run mercy rule. Sara Ghezzi singled and scored on a two-base Georgia State error a batter later. With Nicole Russo at third after her single and error, Bell singled through the infield for Auburn's eighth and final run.
Harrelson paced the Auburn offense with two hits, while seven other Tigers had at least one hit. Gray, Harrelson and Fernandez were all credited with two runs batted in.
The Tigers continue play Friday through Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field in the Tiger Invitational. Auburn's opponents Friday are Tennessee Tech (12:30 p.m. CT) and Notre Dame (3 p.m.). Catch all live stats on www.auburntigers.com and listen to the game live on WZMG-AM (910) with Ben Taylor and Drew McCracken calling all the action.
Tiger Notes: The Tigers wore their white uniforms for the third time this season ... They are 1-2 in them this season ... The temperature at game time was 39 degrees with clear skies ... The no-hitter was the 18th in the history of AU softball.