May 18, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Auburn junior Holly Currie struck out struck out five and scattered seven hits in 10 innings, but Ohio State's solo run in the game's final inning proved to be enough for a 1-0 win at the opening game of the Tucson Regional at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Ohio State's Lauren Daykin reached on an error to begin the 10th, and was pinch run for by Stephanie Hill. While at first, Hill was moved to second on a ground out, then to third on a single by Brittany Vanderink. Megan Schwab, the Buckeyes' No. 3 batter, proceeded to hit an infield single, driving in Hill for the game's only run.
Currie threw 141 pitches in her 19th complete game of the season.
"I thought both teams played very well," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "The pitchers did a nice job from the circle. Holly had a great effort and it came down to a few bounces in the last couple innings."
Six Auburn (34-21 overall) players had a hit in the loss as neither team finished with an extra base hit. The Tigers also managed two walks off Ohio State starter Jamee Juarez.
Auburn threatened in the bottom half of the seventh. Currie reached on a single, and Nicole Russo, who was pinch running for Currie, moved to second on an infield bunt single by Taryn Gray. The duo, however, was picked off on a fly out to right by Heather Garrison, giving the Buckeyes (39-21) a triple play.
Currie induced Ohio State into 10 runners left on base. She worked a career-high 10 innings as the game marked the longest of the season for the Tigers. Currie is now 18-13 this season.
Juarez struck out eight and walked two to improve to 17-10 this season.
Vanderink singled three times to pace Ohio State, which had two hits apiece in the third and 10th innings. Auburn posted two in the seventh.
Auburn continues play Friday against the loser of Marist and Arizona at 4 p.m. Arizona time (6 p.m. CT) on Friday. The game can be heard live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com and 910-AM (WZMG). Nathan Ealy will be behind the mic.
TIGER NOTES: The game marked the eighth in four years of NCAA Regional play for the Tigers ... Auburn is now 1-7 all-time ... Auburn wore its white uniforms for the game is now 15-10 in them this season ... Auburn's other extra inning games include a 3-2 nine-inning win at Georgia State (Feb. 14), a 1-0 eight-inning loss to Arizona State (Feb. 24), a 7-6 eight-inning victory over Kentucky (March 12) and a 5-4 nine-inning loss at Florida on March 28 ... The game Thursday also marked the third time Auburn has played an extra-inning game in NCAA Regional play and both came in 2004 at Stanford ... The Tigers lost to Hofstra, 1-0, in nine innings and 3-1 to Fresno State in 10.