Auburn Softball Downs Florida Atlantic For First Win
January 31, 2003
TAMPA, Fla.- In the second game of the day for Auburn, the Tigers evened their record at 1-1 with a 5-3 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls in the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa.
Freshman pitcher Jenny Diaz made the first start of her collegiate career and allowed just three runs on six hits in six innings for the win.
"I'm really proud of our players for coming back after a tough loss this morning," said Head Coach Tina Deese. "Jenny Diaz did a great job for us in her first start."
Auburn jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Shannon Anderson scored on the third wild pitch of the inning from Owls pitcher Amanda Morin in the top of the first inning.
The Tigers then extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third on the strength of back-to-back singles by Jodie Van Ooyen and Martha Phillps, who moved into scoring position on a Sara Dean groundout and came around to score on an RBI single by Paige Jones.
The Owls answered with one run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Jenn Piazza, but in the top of the fifth, Dean connected on Auburn's first home run the season with a two-run shot to give Auburn a 5-1 advantage.
Florida Atlantic added two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Kristen Keyes came in for the seventh struck out the side following two walks to earn the save.
In the first game, Auburn fell to Northwestern, 6-1. It marked the first time in the program's seven-year history that the Tigers lost a season opener.
Auburn fell behind in the top of the second inning as junior Kristen Keyes walked two batters who came around to score on back-to-back hits by Northwestern's Ashley Crane and Brett Nakabayashi. The Wildcats then extended their lead in the seventh, scoring four runs on five hits, including two doubles into left center by Cindy Muran and Jamie Dotson.
Auburn got on the board in bottom of the seventh when freshman Ashley Griffin singled to center to score Deni Zeigler from third.
Keyes gave up a total of six runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts in the complete game loss, while Northwestern pitcher Lauren Schwendimann gave up one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts in the complete game win.
Auburn will play again Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET against No. 2 Arizona.