Auburn Softball Team Rolls Over Alabama State,
February 11, 2004
Martha Phillips was 2-for-4 with four RBI's.
MONTGOMERY -- The Auburn softball team scored 12 runs in the third inning en route to a 13-0 victory over Alabama State at Lagoon Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The teams braved light rain throughout the game as the Tigers improved to 6-2 and the Hornets fell to 0-2 on the season.
"It was a tough afternoon to play through with the rain," said Auburn head coach Tina Deese. "But I was really proud of the way our players focused and took care of the business at hand."
After scoring a single run in the second, Auburn sent 17 batters to the plate in the third while scoring the 12 runs. At one point, 11 straight Tiger batters reached via hit or walk.
Montgomery native Martha Phillips had a double and a triple in the inning and drove in four runs while scoring two.
"It was good to see Martha have a great game in her hometown," Deese said. "She has been hitting the ball well all season and today was no exception."
Phillips was robbed of a third extra base hit in the fourth inning when left fielder Jamila Miller made a diving over the shoulder grab. Shannon Anderson, who was 1-for-3 with two stolen bases, was doubled off second on the play.
Ashley Griffin scored Auburn's first run on a passed ball after tripling to open the second inning.
In all, Auburn pounded out 10 hits while limiting Alabama State to just two. The Tigers also took advantage of a pair of Hornet errors, four wild pitches and a pass ball.
Three of the Tigers hits came off the bat of senior Cami Fenn, who finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Jenny Diaz picked up the win after pitching three innings in relief. She allowed two hits and struck out four. Beth DiPietro started and struck out six batters in two innings of work.
"We were excited with the way Beth and Jenny pitched today," Deese said. "They really attacked batters and were crisp with their pitches."