Auburn Softball Swept In Doubleheader By No. 9 Florida State
Feburary 4, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla.— After losing game one, 8-0, Auburn fought back in game two to tie the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning with two outs, then took the lead in the tenth, only to give up two runs in the bottom of the tenth for a 3-2 loss.
In game one, freshman Jenny Diaz took her first loss of the season as Florida State defeated Auburn, 8-0, in a six-inning game.
Florida State got on the board early as Diaz got two quick outs in the bottom of the first, but then walked four consecutive batters, walking home a run and giving the Seminoles a 1-0 lead.
FSU increased its lead with three runs in the third as Jess van der Linden drew a one-out walk before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Brandi Stuart then hit a sharp ball up the middle which got through shortstop Martha Phillips, van der Linden scored and Stuart reached second on the throw home. Elisa Vasquez then hit a ball that was lost in the sun by second baseman Robin Martin and Stuart moved to third. Vasquez stole second to put runners at second and third before Tatiana George put down bunt. The Tigers tried make a play at the plate, but Stuart scored and Vasquez moved to third. Florida State scored its last run of the inning on a Beth Wade single to left field scoring Vasquez.
Janet Spivey replaced Diaz in the fourth inning, and Diaz finished the game surrendering four runs, three of them earned, to go along with two hits and five walks. Spivey pitched 2.1 innings also giving up four runs, three of them earned, on six hits and two walks. Diaz took her first loss of the season and is now 2-1.
The Seminoles added another run in the fourth when Shundra Colzie grounded back to the mound, but pitcher Janet Spivey through the ball over Anne Norton’s head at first and Colzie moved all the way to third. Colzie then scored as van der Linden doubled to left center for the 5-0 FSU advantage.
The Seminoles added three more runs on three consecutive doubles followed by a single, a bunt hit and ended the game when George grounded to second with the bases loaded, Carly Brieske was forced out at home, but as Auburn attempted to turn the double play on George at first, Stuart came home and scored the game-ending run.
Casey Hunter got the complete game win for Florida State with only two hits and two walks.
Game two was a pitchers duel with Florida State winning, 3-2, in 10 innings as FSU’s Jess van der Linden and Auburn’s Kristen Keyes faced off. Keyes pitched a complete game, giving up the three runs on six hits and nine walks, while Jess van der Linden and Casey Hunter combined to allow two runs on seven hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts.
Florida State scored first in the bottom of the second as Lesley Palmer opened the inning with a double into right center. Beth Wade then moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt and Carly Brieske brought her home with a sacrifice fly to center for a 1-0 Seminole lead.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh when Martha Phillips reached on an error by FSU shortstop Tatiana George. Jennifer Hammock pinch ran for Phillips and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jodie Van Ooyen. After a strikeout by Deni Zeigler, Anne Norton took a two-out pitch into left field to bring home Hammock and tie the game.
Game two winner Casey Hunter relieved van der Linden in the ninth, and in the tenth the Tigers were able to take the lead. Shannon Anderson led off the inning with an infield hit to third, but was forced out at second on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Ashley Griffin. Sara Dean then struck out, but Paige Jones doubled to deep center to drive in Griffin from first for the lead run.
However, Florida State answered by beginning the inning with a walk to Robyn Larson. Pinch hitter Bryttani Lindheim bunted and Anne Norton threw to second, but Larson beat the throw and both runners were safe. Following a wild pitch by Keyes that advance the runners to second and third, Brieske single to right center scoring both runners for the win.
Keyes is now 0-4 on the season, as the Tigers fall to 2-5.
Auburn will now return home to host the Tiger Invitational from Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The tournament will include Mercer, Missouri and UT-Chattanooga.