Auburn Softball Drops Two Games In Tampa
February 1, 2003
TAMPA, Fla. - In the second game for Auburn on Saturday in the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament, the Tigers were defeated by the host South Florida Bulls, 6-4. The loss dropped Auburn's record to 1-3 after a 6-0 loss earlier in the day to No. 2 Arizona.
The Bulls jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out, bases loaded double down the left field line by Renee Oursler. However, the Tigers were able to answer and tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Jodie Van Ooyen hit a one-out single and Martha Phillips reached second on a two-base error by Bulls left fielder Samantha Ray. After a Sara Dean fly out, Paige Jones connected on her first home run of the season and the third of her career to even the score.
South Florida retook the lead in the fourth inning as freshman pinch hitter Sarah Watson hit a two-out, two-run home run for her first collegiate hit and a 5-3 lead.
Auburn loaded the bases in the fifth with two out and Anne Norton drew a walk from relief pitcher Leigh Ann Ellis to cut the deficit to 5-4. However, the Bulls came back with one run in the top of the sixth as Courtney Lewellen drove in Kattrina Dowd with a bases loaded fielder's choice for the final margin.
Starting her third game of the tournament, Auburn pitcher Kristen Keyes pitched four innings and allowed five runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Jenny Diaz relieved Keyes in the fifth and pitched three innings, allowing just one unearned run.
In game one, Auburn lost to Arizona, 6-0, as Wildcat pitcher Alicia Hollowell pitched a one-hitter for the win. Hollowell took a no-hitter into the sixth until Ashley Griffin doubled to center.
Arizona struck first in the top of the first as Mackenzie Vandergeest hit a two-out, two-run home run following a Kristen Keyes walk of Lovieanne Jung earlier in the inning. In the fourth, Arizona added another run as Keyes' second walk also came around to score following a hit batter and an RBI double by Jung.
Jenny Diaz relieved Keyes in the fifth and worked a perfect inning, however in the sixth, Arizona's first two batters reached on errors, advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and then scored on a single by Autumn Champion. Champion also scored the Wildcats' final run on a Vandergeest sacrifice fly later in the inning.
The Tigers threatened in the sixth advancing runners to second and third on Griffin's double, but were unable bring home the runners.
Auburn will play its final game of the tournament at 9 a.m. ET Sunday against Sam Houston State.