Auburn Softball Takes Final Game Of Stanford Invite, 8-1, Over UAB
February 27, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. -- Ashley Griffin, Paige Jones and Holly Currie all homered as Auburn rolled to a 8-1 victory over UAB Sunday in the team’s final game at the Stanford Invitational at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.
Auburn has now won eight of its last nine games after the victory over UAB. The Tigers went 4-1 over the three-day Stanford Invitational with victories over UAB, UC Davis, Texas Tech and Sacramento State. Auburn’s only loss came against No. 4 Stanford.
Griffin began the game with a solo shot to center field, her third of the season. The home run, over the center field fence off Blazer (8-12) starter Erica Mascarenas, marked Auburn’s first leadoff blast of the season. It was Griffin’s third home run this season and her second in five games at the Stanford Invitational.
Jones followed that up later in the first inning with a two-run home run to right center. The ball landed on Stanford’s Turf Field, approximately 20 feet from the outfield fence. The home run was her third this season.
“Ashley and Paige’s home runs really started off our offensive attack,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “Our offense answered back after Saturday’s games against Stanford and UC Davis. I’m very happy with the way we played today in the final game of the tournament.”
After Auburn (18-5) scored a solo run in the third, Currie gave the Tigers three more runs in the fifth inning with her fifth home run of the season. The shot over the left field fence came off UAB reliever Brittany Hodge. Griffin and McCain had both gotten on base with two outs -- Griffin with a single and McCain a walk -- and rounded the bases on Currie’s blast.
Robin Martin ended Auburn’s scoring with an infield single in the sixth inning, scoring Sara Ghezzi. The RBI marked Martin’s second of the season and first away from Jane B. Moore Field.
Currie got the win to improve to 8-4 on the season. She threw seven innings, striking out seven while walking five. She allowed just four hits.
Griffin and Kristina McCain led the offensive attack with two hits apiece, with Currie’s three RBI pacing the Tigers. The top five batters in Auburn’s starting lineup reached base at least once or posted an RBI.
Mascarenas, meanwhile, picked up for the loss for UAB, and fell to 4-1 on the season. She struck out four and did not walk an Auburn batter. Three UAB relievers combined to throw three innings, allowing four Auburn runs and three hits while striking out three and walking two.
Auburn next travels to Troy to take on the Trojans at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday. Follow the game live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com. Click on the live audio link on the right side of the page. It can also be heard live in the Auburn area by tuning into WANI-AM (1400).
After the solo game against Troy, the Tigers then visit the Buzz Classic in Atlanta, hosted by Georgia Tech, from March 4-6. Auburn takes on Iowa, Middle Tennessee State and Georgia Southern in the three-day tournament.
TIGER NOTES: The game marked Auburn’s final of February ... The Tigers went 18-5 during the month and are 35-8 in January and February combined since 2004 ... Since 2001, Auburn is 68-28 ... The Tigers now head into March, where, barring cancellations, they are scheduled to play 21 games ... Auburn was 9-4 last season in the month of March ... Auburn wore its white uniforms against UAB ... The Tigers improved to 5-2 in the white uniforms this season.