March 25, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The 18th-ranked Auburn softball team fell in two games Saturday to open to open a three-game series against No. 18 Georgia at Jane B. Moore Field. The Bulldogs won game one, 4-1, then held off a late Auburn rally for an 8-5 victory in game two.
"We played tough, especially in the second game, but it just wasn't enough," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Georgia is a good team and we gave them too many chances. You can't do that in the SEC."
Junior Holly Currie hit her fifth home run of the season in game two as Auburn got within four in the sixth inning. But the Bulldogs (28-7 overall, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) had scored four runs in the top half of the inning on the strength of three hits and two Auburn errors.
Both teams rapped out nine hits in the game, but it was ultimately Auburn's (21-8, 4-4) four errors that made the difference. Of the eight runs allowed by Currie, who started the game and threw 5 1/3 innings, just three were earned.
Prior to the four-run sixth, Georgia scored two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. That erased an early Auburn lead, which saw the Tigers up, 1-0, after two. Currie started off the offense with a one-out triple to right, and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by freshman Myesha Finney.
Jessica Doucette started the game for Georgia and allowed eight hits and five runs -- four were earned as the Bulldogs committed two errors themselves. She improved to 9-4 on the year.
Katie Griffith came on in relief of Doucette after the starter threw 6 1/3 innings. Griffith saved her second game of the season -- the first came in the opening game of the series -- after allowing one hit and striking out one.
Currie and Finney both went 2 for 3 with two RBI, while senior Ashley Griffin was 2 for 4 with a seventh-inning leadoff home run. It was her fourth shot of the season.
Courtney Knight went 3 for 4 for Georgia in the win, while Doucette helped her cause with two home runs -- she hit three on the day after going deep in the first game. She ended game two with three RBI after one in game one.
In game one, the Tigers and Bulldogs combined for seven errors, but the Bulldogs overcame a slow start for a 4-1 victory.
Beth DiPietro allowed four runs, with just unearned, in six innings, and fell to 9-3 on the year. She walked two and struck out four in the loss.
Georgia scored solo runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings. The Tigers were able to get on the board on a Finney single in the sixth, but the team's four hits were not enough.
Kasi Carroll improved to 12-3 after allowing one run and four hits in six innings of work. She struck out four Tigers while walking one. Griffith came on in relief of Carroll in the seventh and earned her first save of the season.
Finney paced the Tigers with two hits in the first game.
The Tigers and Bulldogs finish the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be available on www.auburntigers.com and WZMG-AM (910). Live video and stats will also be available on www.auburntigers.com.
TIGER NOTES: The Tigers wore their blue uniforms for both games and are 12-5 in them this season ... Auburn is now 10-5 this season in the month of March after going 11-3 in February ... Holly Currie now has a team-leading eight multiple-RBI games this season while Finney has two ... Currie's home run was her first since going deep on March 12 against Kentucky ... Griffin's, meanwhile, was her first since March 4 against Boston College.