March 26, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Kristina McCain, Tatiana Fernandez and Myesha Finney each had two hits as the 18th-ranked Auburn softball team took the final game of a three-game series, 6-2, over No. 11 Georgia Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field.
The win snapped Auburn's three-game losing streak and improved the Tigers' record to 22-8 overall this season. Auburn is 5-4 in Southeastern Conference play.
The Tigers won on the strength of their offense, which rapped out eight hits off Georgia pitchers Katie Backer and Kasi Carroll. Fernandez and McCain both hit two doubles, while Finney, who had two hits in each of the three games against the Bulldogs, tripled in the first.
"Those three were first, third and fifth in the batting order and really came through today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Kristina and Myesha are really seeing the ball well lately and Tat used the whole field to her advantage."
Auburn took a quick 2-0 lead in the first when Finney tripled to right center. Her third triple of the season scored McCain and Fernandez.
Georgia (28-8, 9-3), however, answered with two in its half of the second when Carroll went deep off Auburn starter Holly Currie. That was the last time the teams were tied as Auburn scored one on McCain's first double of the game in the second.
Junior Sara Ghezzi singled up the middle in the third, giving the Tigers two more runs. Fernandez and Auburn capped off the game's scoring with her second double of the game in the sixth. The shot to left center scored freshman Taryn Gray and cemented Auburn's lead for good.
Currie limited Georgia to just two runs and four hits in her 11th complete game of the season. She improved to 13-4 on the season after striking out three.
Backer started her first collegiate game and was tagged early, giving up five runs and three hits in two innings. She fell to 0-1.
The Tigers now have a short layoff before starting a four-game roadstand this week. Auburn visits Florida for a three-game series, beginning Tuesday with a 5 p.m. EST, doubleheader in Gainesville. After that, the Tigers and Gators will play a solo game Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Tigers finish off the road trip with a 1 p.m. EST., contest against Florida State in Tallahassee Thursday.
Each of the four games can be heard on the radio by tuning in to WZMG-AM (910) or visiting www.auburntigers.com. Live stats will also be available on www.auburntigers.com.
TIGER NOTES: The Tigers wore their white uniforms for the game and are now 9-2 in them this season ... The Tigers will not play at Jane B. Moore Field until April 14 when hosting Mississippi State in an SEC series ... The Tigers will play four straight on the road this week, and after returning from Florida, will play Tennessee Tech in Huntsville on April 4 and LSU in Baton Rouge from April 8-9.