Auburn Softball Takes One Of Two at Tiger Invitational
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February 12, 2005
AUBURN -- Holly Currie's fourth inning solo home run proved to be the game winner as Auburn defeated the College of Charleston, 2-1, on Saturday in the Tigers' second game of the day at the Tiger Invitational. Auburn, however, opened its day with a 2-0 loss to Northwestern State at Jane B. Moore Field.
Currie's home run, a blast over the left field fence off Cougar starter Rachael Stern, was her fourth of the season. An inning later, the Cougars scored their only run of the game on a wild pitch.
Auburn (7-3) starter Beth DiPietro picked up the win, improving her record to 3-1 this season. She threw four innings, striking out seven while allowing just three hits and one unearned run. Currie came on in relief of DiPietro, and picked up her first save of the season after striking out two and walking one in three innings.
"Beth and Holly pitched very well tonight," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Beth started off well, and when we needed Holly to come in, she did her job. She kept their batters off balance and our defense responded when Charleston put the ball in play."
The Tigers scored their first run of the game in the first. Ashley Griffin was hit by a pitch, and stole second with Lauren Walton at the plate. Griffin then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Walton, and scored with the next batter, Sara Dean, up to the plate on an errant pickoff throw from the catcher.
The College of Charleston (2-3) earned its first hit of the tournament against Auburn in the second inning, just a day after Currie threw a perfect game against the Cougars. Shondra Schlichenmayer singled up the middle off DiPietro, but was stranded when Jessica Lyness popped up to shortstop Ashley Griffin.
In the first game of the day for the Tigers, Shay Hunt's fourth-inning solo home run over the left field fence put Northwestern State on top as the Demons defeated Auburn, 2-0. Northwestern State added an insurance run in the seventh.
Loni Rasberry threw seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking four for the win, improving to 3-1. She did, however, drop to
3-2 later in the day as Marshall defeated Northwestern State, 4-3, to advance to the championship game Sunday.
Currie, fresh off a career-high 13-strikeout performance in the perfect game Friday, allowed two runs and five hits over six innings of work.
She fell to 3-2 on the young season.
Griffin led the Tigers with two hits, while Lyndsey Gorski went 2-for-3 to pace the Demons.
Auburn plays in the Tiger Invitational Sunday at 11 a.m. CT against Marshall. The game was originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m., but was moved up due to expected inclement weather in the Auburn area. Northwestern State and the College of Charleston will face off at 9 a.m. in the consolation game. All games are held at Jane B. Moore Field. Admission is free. Catch the action live by tuning into WANI-AM (1400) or on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com.
TIGER NOTES: Auburn wore its blue uniforms for both games ... The Tigers are 4-1 in the blue uniforms this season ... Earlier in the day, the College of Charleston defeated Marshall, 7-5, with the Thundering Herd turning around two games later to beat Northwestern State, 4-3 ...
Auburn, after finishing up the Tiger Invitational Sunday, has a busy week ahead ... The Tigers take on UAB Wednesday at 6 p.m., then host the War Eagle Classic on Feb. 18-20 ... Teams participating in the Classic include Austin Peay, Birmingham-Southern, Boston College and Gardner-Webb.