May 19, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - Holly Currie set an Auburn single-season record with her fifth no-hitter of the 2006 season as the 25th-ranked Auburn softball team defeated Marist, 14-0, Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium. The Tigers advance now to play Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time (8:30 p.m. CT.).
Currie struck out eight in her sixth career no-hitter, which also sets an Auburn record. Chrystine McHugh was Marist's only runner of the game, reaching first as the first Marist batter after a strikeout by Currie.
Currie improved to 19-13 this season.
"Holly threw very well," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Her offense supported her and gave her all the offense she could use. That was an all-around win and something that will help us move to Ohio State."
Auburn gave Currie plenty of room to work with five runs through the first three innings. Currie started off the scoring with a ground out to third in the first, scoring Lauren Walton.
Currie, who won her first game since May 6 against Ole Miss, watched the Tigers put four runs on the board in the third, all of which were earned, and three that came with two outs. Ashley Griffin, with one out, singled in the first run of the inning with a shot up the middle. Three batters later, Tatiana Fernandez drove in her 36th and 37th runs of the season with her 12th double of the season. Myesha Finney made it two in a row with a double to right center, scoring Fernandez.
The Tigers put six more runs across the plate in the fourth, highlighted by Fernandez's third RBI of the game a two-run scoring single by Sara Ghezzi. Currie, Griffin and Finney also had RBI in the inning.
Tara Donaldson hit her first career home run to lead off the fifth. Auburn finished off with three runs in the fifth.
Fernandez, Finney and Walton each had two hits, while the latter had a triple in the fourth. McCain was 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. Fernandez and Finney paced Auburn with three RBI, while Ghezzi, Griffin and Currie all had two.
Megan Rigos started for Marist and dropped to 22-7 this season. She worked the first three innings, then was replaced by Caitlin Carpentier at the start of the fourth. Rigos re-entered in the fourth after Carpentier allowed five runs and six hits in 1/3 of an inning.
Rigos ended the afternoon allowing eight hits and eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. She struck out one and walked one.
The win advances Auburn to play third-seeded Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time (8:30 p.m. CT.) on Friday night. The Buckeyes lost to top-seed Arizona, 6-3, in the first game of the day Saturday.
Ohio State took the first contest between the teams, 1-0, in 10 innings on Thursday to open the Tucson Regional.
TIGER NOTES: Auburn wore its blue uniforms for the game per regional rules and is now 19-10 in them this season ... Head coach Tina Deese shook up the Auburn lineup against Marist ... Lauren Walton batted No. 1 for the first time this season as did Kristina McCain in the No. 3 spot ... Sara Ghezzi batted seventh for the first time this season ... Holly Currie hit fourth for the first time since April 14 against Mississippi State ... Auburn played Marist for the first time in team history and improved to 4-1 against clubs it faced for the first time this season ... The Tigers also defeated Tennessee Tech, North Carolina State and Southern Miss. and lost to Arizona State.