Auburn Softball Downed By Missouri In Tiger Invitational
February 8, 2002
In the first game of day two for Auburn at the Tiger Invitational, the Tigers faced off against the other undefeated team from day one, the Missouri Tigers and were defeated 8-3.
Auburn pitcher Kristen Keyes started the game hot, striking out seven of the first 10 batters she faced. However, she got in trouble in the top of the fourth, opening the inning with a walk and then giving up a double to Rachel McGinnis to put runners at second and third. After a foul out, Daisy Mettlach put down a bunt, which she beat out for a single, scoring Heather Kunkel. Jeni Schellert then singled home McGinnis to give Missouri a 2-0 lead.
Missouri increased its lead in the sixth inning on back-to-back doubles by Kunkel and McGinnis, scoring Kunkel. Morgan LeCluyse then got an infield single and stole second before Mettlach doubled into right field to score both runners. At that point, Keyes was relieved by Jenny Diaz who hit Schellert and walked both Kristen Burke and Kendra Power to bring home Mettlach. Schellert scored on a groundout by Sara Vassmer, and following another groundout, Kunkle returned to the plate and singled to score Burke. Power was thrown out at home on the play to end the six-run inning.
However, the Tigers battled back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game alive. Shannon Anderson led off the inning with an infield hit, but was thrown out when Jodie Van Ooyen reached on a fielder’s choice. Sara Dean then walked, and after a Paige Jones strikeout, Martha Phillips doubled to center to score Van Ooyen and Dean. Ashley Griffin followed with a single up the middle to bring home Phillips and cut the deficit to 8-3.
Keyes took the loss to fall to 1-5 on the season, pitching five innings and surrendering six runs on eight hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Diaz finished the game, pitching two innings with two runs on one hit and two walks. Kasey Angulo got her first at bat of the season, pinch hitting for Robin Martin. She struck out looking in her first action since a preseason injury.
Auburn finished the opening portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record and will now play the third seed Mercer (1-2) at 6:30 p.m. with the winner playing in tomorrow’s championship game and the loser playing in the consolation game.
Day Two – Feb. 8
Missouri 8, Auburn 3
Mercer 2, UT-Chattanooga 0
Day One – Feb. 7
Missouri 4, Mercer 2 (8)
Missouri 7, UT-Chattanooga 0
Auburn 9, Mercer 2
Auburn 4, UT-Chattanooga 1