February 18, 2005
AUBURN -- The Auburn softball team defeated Gardner-Webb, 4-0, in the first game of the War Eagle Classic Friday, but fell to Boston College, 4-2, in the team's second game of the day at Jane B. Moore Field.
Beth DiPietro threw seven scoreless innings against Gardner-Webb, striking out five while allowing just three hits and walking one. She improved to 5-1 this season and has won her last four games, all coming at Jane B. Moore Field. She has not allowed an earned run during that span.
"Beth has been on an absolute roll lately," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "She's been locating her pitches and is keeping opposing batters guessing. She's on a four-game winning streak and is really feeling comfortable pitching at home."
Auburn's first hit of the game against Gardner-Webb (2-6) led to the game's first run. Sara Ghezzi started off the inning with a one-out walk, then stole second. Holly Currie then drove a pitch to right center for double, driving in Ghezzi. Lolani Alvarez pinch ran for Currie, went to third on a wild pitch, then was driven in went Paige Jones reached on a fielder's choice. The Bulldog shortstop attempted to get Alvarez at the plate, but the Auburn senior slid in just under the tag.
The Tigers (10-4) added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings in the victory over Gardner-Webb.
Lauren Walton led the Tigers with two hits, while four others had at least one hit in the victory.
The Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning against Boston College, but a three-run Eagle first inning was too much in the second game of the day. Ashley Griffin went 2-for-4 in the loss, while DiPietro came on in relief of Currie and threw 2 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking one while allowing no hits.
Currie picked up the loss, falling to 4-3 this season. She threw 4 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and four runs while striking out five.
Boston College's (3-4) three-run first was highlighted by Britney Thompson's two-run home run over the right field fence. Thompson, the Eagle starter from the circle, threw seven innings, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out three. She improved to 2-2 this season.
The Tigers next play Saturday in the second day of the War Eagle Classic. Auburn opens against Austin Peay at 12:30 p.m. CT, then hosts Birmingham-Southern at 3:30 p.m. Bracket play for the tournament begins at 6 p.m. with the No. 4 and 5 seeds, then at 8 p.m., featuring the No.
2 vs. the No. 3 seed.
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TIGER NOTES: Beth DiPietro retired the side in the first inning against Gardner-Webb ... The Tigers at that point had not allowed a run in the first inning in their last nine games, but that was stopped in Auburn's second game of the day by Boston College ... The Eagles scored three in the top of the first ... Ashley Griffin was a combined
2-for-7 in the two games, and now has at least one hit in seven of nine Auburn games at Jane B. Moore Field this season ... The loss dropped Auburn to 3-4 all-time against the Big East Conference.