Auburn Softball Tops Sam Houston State In Extra Innings
February 2, 2003
TAMPA, Fla. - In the final game for Auburn in the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament, the Tigers defeated the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 6-5, in a back-and-forth game that lasted eight innings.
Freshman Janet Spivey started the first game of her collegiate career, pitching three and one-third innings, while giving up two runs on four hits. Fellow freshman Jenny Diaz relieved her in the fourth and went the rest of the way, pitching four and two-thirds and allowing a total of three runs, one earned, on five hits for her second win of the season.
Auburn got on the board first, putting three runs up in the top of the second. Sara Dean and Paige Jones began the inning with back-to-back singles through the left side. Following a sacrifice bunt by Anne Norton and a walk by Deni Zeigler, Dean scored on a wild pitch by Bearkat pitcher Rachel Atzenhoffer. Cami Fenn then doubled into the left centerfield gap to score Jones and Zeigler.
Sam Houston State scored in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Melissa Cosgrove that brought home Lauren Boone from second. Cosgrove then scored on a single by Brittany Tuck to cut Auburn's lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bearkats scored twice on a single by Lindsay Kaltwasser to give Sam Houston its first lead at 4-3.
The Tigers answered in the seventh as Shannon Anderson reached on an error by pitcher Aydrien Guajardo and Jodie Van Ooyen doubled to put runners at second and third. Anderson scored on a wild pitch by Guajardo to tie the game, and Van Ooyen was thrown out at home when Martha Phillips reached on a fielder's choice. Dean then singled, advancing Phillips to third, and Jones brought her home with a single up the middle.
Sam Houston State rallied once again in the bottom of the inning, tying the game on an RBI double by Tuck that scored Boone from first.
However, the eighth inning belonged to Auburn. Deni Zeigler was placed on second at the beginning of the frame and moved over to third on a passed ball. Robin Martin then singled her home and the Tigers took a one-run lead into the bottom of the inning. The Bearkats had a runner at third with no outs and then the bases loaded with one out, but were unable to score as Diaz induced a force out at the plate and then a force out at first from the next batter to end the game.
The Tigers finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, defeating Florida Atlantic and Sam Houston State and losing to Northwestern, Arizona and South Florida. Sara Dean led the team in hitting with 6-for-15 effort to go along with a home run and two RBI, while Paige Jones also had a home run while driving in a team-high five runs.
Auburn will now head to Tallahassee for a doubleheader against the Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. ET.