Keyes No-Hitter Leads Auburn Past Troy State
March 2, 2004
AUBURN - Kristen Keyes tossed the second no-hitter of her career on Tuesday night to lead Auburn to a 2-0 victory over Troy State at Jane B. Moore Field.
The Tigers won for the sixth straight outing and have now won 15 of their last 16. Their 18-3 start is the best in school history. The Trojans fell to 7-5 on the year.
Keyes was brilliant in the contest. She struck out 10 and walked just two in seven innings to improve to 8-3 on the year and pick up her third shutout.
"Coming into the game, I knew I had to get ahead of their batters and make my pitches work for me," Keyes said. "I haven't had to throw every game this year because of the great depth on our staff. So, I think that the rest has helped me. I feel like I can throw harder and make better pitches because of it."
The lone threat to break up the no-no came off the bat Tamra Howren in the bottom of the fourth. She lined a ball to right field only to have Sara Ghezzi make a diving grab near the foul line to end the inning.
Keyes started on fire by striking out the side in the first inning. The second strike out of the frame was the 500th of her career, making her just the 12th pitcher in Southeastern Conference history * and first from Auburn * to reach the milestone.
"I actually didn't know I had it until they made an announcement," Keyes said. "It is a great honor for me and hopefully I'll have a chance to get to 600 this year as well."
The Auburn offense pounded out 10 hits in the contest, but struggled to score as it left eight runners on and had a pair thrown out at home.
Kristina McCain manufactured a run in the second as she walked, stole second and moved to third when Lolani Alvarez reached on an error. She then scored on a passed ball.
The Tigers threatened to break the game open in the fourth as they loaded the bases with one out but were unable to score. Lauren Walton then grounded into a fielder's choice that got McCain thrown out at home. The catcher's ensuing throw back to the circle sailed over the pitchers head and Ghezzi attempted to score from third. However, she was gunned down by second baseman Molly Homer, who alertly was backing up on the play.
"We did a good job of getting on base throughout the game," said head coach Tina Deese. "But we didn't get the timely hits that we needed to score runners."
Auburn did get an insurance run in the fifth when Holly Currie singled to bring home Shannon Anderson from second. Currie's hit extended her hitting streak to six games. Sara Dean also extended her streak to 13, which is the longest for an Auburn player since 2001.
Next up for Auburn will be its' SEC opener as the Tigers travel to Arkansas for a three-game series with the Lady'Backs on March 13-14.