Tiger Softball Rolls To Second Straight Victory, 6-1, Over FIU
February 5, 2005
MIAMI -- The Auburn softball team rolled to its second straight victory at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic Saturday, defeating tournament host Florida International, 6-1, at the University Park Softball Field.
Auburn starter Holly Currie led the Tigers from the plate and the circle, throwing seven innings, allowing two hits while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts. The Pisgah, Ala., native also contributed offensively with a 3-for-3 effort with three runs batted in. Currie improved to 2-1 on the young season while raising her batting average to .545.
“Holly threw a magnificent game for us tonight,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “She was hitting her spots and making the FIU batters guess. And she had a great game from the batter’s box, providing an offensive spark for us.”
Currie started the Tigers (3-1) off on the right foot from the batter’s box, driving in two runs in the first inning. With Lauren Walton at second and Sara Dean at first, Currie took a pitch from Florida International (4-2) starter Kerri Houck and hit the top of the center field wall, narrowly missing her second home run of the season.
After a solo run in the third courtesy of a Currie single, driving in Lauren Walton, for the pitcher’s third RBI of the game, the Tigers put three more across the board in the fourth inning. Kristina McCain drove in two runs with a single off reliever Sarah Belanger, driving in Nicole Russo and Lolani Alvarez. McCain scored two batters later with Sara Dean at the plate. On a double steal with Walton, McCain stole home while Walton, who began at first base on the play, was thrown out at third.
Walton went 3-for-3 in the win, her first career three-hit game. She singled in each of her three at bats and led the Tigers with two runs scored.
“We had two great efforts offensively today,” Deese said in regards to the team’s victories over Kentucky and FIU. “It was important for us to establish our offense early in the season at such a high-caliber tournament. We definitely want to keep hitting the ball well on Sunday.”
Deomni Murray earned Florida International’s only two hits, singling in the fourth to break up Currie’s no-hitter, then singling again in the seventh. She scored the Golden Panthers’ only run in the game on an error in the seventh.
Auburn is now scheduled to play Sunday at 10 a.m. CT as the tournament’s No. 1 seed. The Tigers are set to play the winner of the No. 4 Illinois State-No. 5 Kentucky game approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of that game. However, if the Redbirds defeat the Wildcats, Auburn will earn a bye until the 2 p.m. CT Championship game due to Illinois State’s travel itinerary.
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TIGER NOTES: Auburn played as the home team for the second game in a row, even though the Tigers were situated in the third base dugout ... Holly Currie struck out the side in the second inning, forcing Marleah Stapf, Jennifer Powell and Tabitha Embry to all go down swinging ... Currie threw 3 1/3 no hit innings, allowing her first hit to Deomni Murray in the fourth ... It’s the second time in her three games this season Currie has gone deep into the game without allowing a hit ... Against Illinois State Friday, Currie did not give up a hit until the seventh but eventually got the loss in the Redbirds’ 3-2 eight-inning victory ... Lolani Alvarez reached base her first two times at the plate, but was hit by a pitch both times ... The Tigers failed to hit a home run for the first time in the tournament ... Auburn had one each in its previous three games ... Other games on Sunday in the championship round of the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic include No. 5 seed Kentucky (0-4 tournament record) vs. No. 4 Illinois State (2-2) at 9 a.m. EST and No. 3 South Florida (2-2) vs. No. 2 Florida International (3-1) at 1 p.m. EST.