Auburn Softball Takes Second Win At Tiger Invitational
February 7, 2003
Auburn, Ala.- In the fourth game of the day of the day at the Tiger Invitational, Auburn pitcher Kristen Keyes earned her first victory of the season by pitching a complete game against the UT-Chattanooga Mocs in a 4-1 win for the Tigers. For the game Keyes allowed one run on six hits and six walks with eight strikeouts. The win increased Auburn's record to 4-5 for the season.
"I just felt like the kids were excited about being at home for the first time," said Auburn Head Coach Tina Deese. "They had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and it really showed on the field. They came out aggressive with their bats, and in this last game, we played some really strong defense. Kristen threw pretty well. She's struggled with the strike zone some, but today I thought she got it over well."
Much like the first game, Auburn got on the board first in the first inning. Shannon Anderson opened the inning with a walk and moved to third when Sara Dean singled. Dean also advanced to second on the throw to third and both runners moved up on an illegal pitch by Mocs pitcher Sara Meek, scoring Anderson.
UT-Chattanooga answered with a run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Lindsey Howard. In the bottom half, Anne Norton broke the tie with her first career home run. The Tigers added another run in the third when Paige Jones brought home Shannon Anderson on a fielder's choice to shortstop, and in the fifth, took a 4-1 lead on a solo home run by Sara Dean to right field. It was Dean's second home run of the season.
Auburn opened its 2003 home schedule Friday against the Mercer Bears in the third game of the day. In a wild game, the Tigers won 9-2 as Robin Martin and Martha Phillips each had two RBI and Jenny Diaz pitched the complete game to earn the win giving up two earned runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Diaz improved to 3-1 on the season.
Missouri opened the tournament with a 4-2 win in eight innings over Mercer. Missouri then earned a 7-0 shut out over UT-Chattanooga.