March 4, 2006
BOCA RATON, Fla. -
The 20th-ranked Auburn softball team rapped out 11 hits Saturday against Boston College as the Tigers rolled past the Eagles, 10-2, at the opening-game of the FAU Pepsi Cola Classic at FAU Field.
The Tigers scored runs in four of the game's six shortened innings, and Boston College never threatened. The Eagles scored in the top of the first and posted a solo run in the sixth, but were overmatched by Auburn starter Holly Currie.
Of Auburn's 11 hits, seven went for extra bases, including home runs by Currie and senior Ashley Griffin and a triple by junior Kristina McCain.
"This was a great way to start out the tournament," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Our bats were hot and Holly used that to her advantage. Now we look forward to our game against Florida Atlantic, which is a very dangerous team. We will need to be focused."
Currie struck out 12 to improve to 8-1 on the season. She allowed just one hit -- a single to center in the second inning. Currie has struck out 10 or more in eight of her 10 appearances this season and has allowed just six unearned runs -- both runs scored against her Saturday were unearned.
The Pisgah, Ala., native helped her own cause in the sixth with a two-run home run to right center. The round-tripper, her third of the season, was Currie's first since Feb. 10 against Miami (Ohio) and ended the game via the mercy rule.
"Holly continues to have quality starts and that home run is a huge confidence boost," Deese said. "She hadn't hit one for awhile, even though she's been hitting the ball hard."
The Tigers (13-3 overall) scored five runs in the first two innings off Boston College (3-3) starter Britney Thompson (3-1). The Tigers chased her in the second inning after Griffin's third home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field.
Auburn went on for two more runs in the fifth off Boston College reliever Savana Lloyd. Fernandez doubled home pinch runner Taryn Gray
, and scored a play later on a single by sophomore Brittany Scott
and a throwing error by the right fielder.
The Tigers saw their third reliever, Erin Corsini, of the day in the sixth and pushed three runs across the plate in the sixth. Corsini managed just one out before Currie ended the game.
In addition to her sixth inning triple, McCain also singled in the first and second innings to finish 3 for 4. Griffin was 2 for 2 and freshman Tatiana Fernandez continued her hot hitting with a 2 for 2 effort and one RBI.
The Tigers will continue their play at the FAU Pepsi Cola Classic with a 4 p.m. EST., game against tournament host Florida Atlantic. The game will be available via live stats on www.auburntigers.com.
TIGER NOTES: The Tigers wore their white uniforms for the game ... They are 4-1 in them this season ... Auburn will also wear them for the game against Florida Atlantic ...Auburn's game against Boston College will mark the 200th of senior Ashley Griffin's career ... Griffin's home run against Florida Atlantic was the third of the season for the senior from Pace, Fla., and the team's first since Feb. 24 when she went deep against No. 24 Missouri at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. ... Sophomore Brittany Scott got her first at bat of the season in the fifth and singled to right off Boston College reliever Savana Lloyd ... Scott ended up at second on the play after a throwing error by the right fielder ... Currie's effort put her past the 100-strikeout mark (111) for the season, making her just the seventh Auburn pitcher to get past the century mark ... She is also just the third pitcher to do it at least twice in a career, joining Kristen Keyes (2002-04) and Denisse Montalvo (1997 and 1999).