Auburn Softball vs. Florida Preview

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Auburn Tigers (11-12, 0-0)

vs

Florida
(17-8, 0-0)

March 4-5, 2003 • 5:00 P.M. CT 
Jane B. Moore Field • Auburn, AL

 

Scouting The Gators

The Florida Gators come to Auburn with a record of 17-8 following a trip to Austin, Texas, where they were 2-3, including a pair of wins over North Carolina, a loss to Michigan and a pair of defeats to No. 5 Texas. However, both losses to the Longhorns were by one run with one of the games lasting nine innings. The Gators and Tigers have had three common opponents in the 2003 season. Florida has defeated Birmingham Southern twice, along with South Florida, and UT-Chattanooga. Auburn is 2-1 against those teams with wins over Birmingham Southern and UT-Chattanooga and a loss to South Florida. The Gators have four batters hitting .300 or better, led by Jenni Mossadeghi at .347 and Lindsey Cameron at .342. They are also tied for the team lead in home runs with two each, while Mossadeghi has totaled a team-leading 15 RBI. Jenny Gladding, a transfer pitcher from Arizona, has started 12 games and is 5-5 with a 1.63 ERA. The Tigers lead the all-time series, 10-6, including a 3-1 record last season. Below is the series history and Auburn’s returning player offensive stats from last season’s games.

Offensive Troubles

Auburn managed a total of 28 runs in two games on the final day of the tournament in Macon, however the offense struggled again against Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday. That game marked the tenth time this season the Tigers got four or fewer hits in a contest and they are now 1-9 when that happens. It was also the 16th time they have scored four or fewer runs and they are 4-12 in those games.

Close Games

Auburn leads the SEC in one-run games with eight and has a record of 4-4 in those games.

And The Beat Goes On

Shannon Anderson has put together a six-game hitting streak that dates back to the opening game of the tournament in Macon versus Wright State on Feb. 21. Beginning with that game, Anderson is 9-for-22 for a .409 average. Her season average is now up to .240 after standing at .170 entering the tournament.

Going Deep

Against Birmingham Southern, Sara Dean, Anne Norton, Deni Zeigler and Martha Phillips all went deep to set a team record for home runs in a game with four. Phillips’ home run came in the first inning with the bases loaded for a grand slam. Only Zeigler’s home run was solo, as Dean and Norton both hit two-run shots in the 16-0 win.

Sweet 16

Auburn’s total of 16 runs against Birmingham Southern was the team’s highest total since a 17-1 victory over Kentucky on April 28 of last season.

Jones Making Them Count

Despite starting just 12 games this season with 46 plate appearances, Paige Jones leads Auburn in RBI with 15, six more than Anne Norton who is second on the team with nine. Jones is batting just .190 with eight hits, but half have been for extra bases with one double and three home runs, including a three-run shot against Alabama A&M on Feb. 27. Her 15 RBI tie her for seventh in the SEC.

Not A Bad Alternative

Not only was Anne Norton been an admirable replacement for Kasey Angulo in the field at first base, but Norton also helped replace Angulo’s power. Her home run against Birmingham Southern was her fourth of the year, tying her for fourth in the SEC. Entering the 2003 season, Norton had only two career at bats with no hits. She is third on the team in batting average at .250, is tied for the team lead in walks at 11, which also ties her for fifth in the conference, and leads the team with a .558 slugging percentage.

Getting In Their Time

Freshmen Janey Spivey and Jenny Diaz have had to adjust to the collegiate game quickly and are getting their opportunities. The two are tied for third in the SEC in appearances with 14. Another freshman, Tennessee pitcher Stacey Jennings, leads with 17. Spivey is second in the conference in games started with 12, while Diaz leads in games finished with nine.

Freshman Pitching Duo

Freshmen Jenny Diaz and Janet Spivey have had a significant impact during on the 2003 season for the Tigers. Both players have performed admirably, especially in the absence of Auburn’s preseason top two starters, Kristen Keyes and Lily DuBois. Diaz has compiled a 6-2 record with a 2.41 ERA, while Spivey has posted a 4-5 record with a 2.91 ERA. Spivey won her first two decisions in playoff games of the Tiger Invitational with complete games, and lost the next four, however in those games, the offense scored a combined four runs. She also started in the win versus Southeastern Louisiana, but came away with a no decision as she left the game with the score tied at two in the sixth inning. Spivey has since won two decisions in which she was provided 21 runs in the two games, but lost to UAB and again was provided no runs. Diaz’s biggest impact came in the early season. At the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational, she picked up two wins and allowed just four earned runs in 16.2 innings. She then earned her third win of the season against Mercer in the Tiger Invitational, allowing two earned runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts in the complete game. Since that Mercer game, she has started twice and is 1-1, taking the loss against Lipscomb and earning a win over Alabama A&M. Her other two wins came in relief appearances for Spivey against Southeastern Louisiana and Mercer.

Doubling Up

Freshman Ashley Griffin not only leads Auburn in batting average at .328, but she also leads the team and the SEC in doubles with nine. She has started at total of 20 games, and has one home run and five RBI.

Out Here In The Field

Kasey Angulo made her return to first base against Birmingham Southern on Feb 27. After missing the first 12 games of the season, Angulo a pinch hit appearance against Missouri on Feb. 8, and then started the next seven games at designated player before finally taking her field position. Angulo is now batting .214 for the season with two doubles and four RBI.

Strong Sophomore

Sara Dean has been solid for Auburn this season, posting a team second best .269 average along with three home runs and eight RBI. Dean led the Tigers in hitting, going 6-for-15 with a home run and two RBI to open the season in five games at Tampa.

Holiday In Macon

The Tigers traveled to Macon, Ga., from Feb. 21-23 for the Holiday Inn Invitational, hosted by Mercer, where they came away with a 4-1 record, including their third win of the season over Mercer. Below are Auburn’s results from the tournament:

Date                      Opponent                      Results
Fri., Feb. 21    vs.  Wright State                 8-0 W (5)
Fri., Feb. 21    vs.  Lipscomb                       0-1 L
Sat., Feb. 22   vs.  Mercer                           5-4 W (8)
Sun., Feb. 23  vs.  Birmingham Southern  16-0 W (5)
Sun., Feb. 23  vs.  Alabama A&M               12-1 W (5)

Rising High

As a team, Auburn hit .341 during the Holiday Inn Invitational. The performance elevated the team batting average to .233 for the season, up from the .200 average the team brought into the tournament.

Breaking Out...

Entering the Holiday Inn Invitational, the Tigers had struggled at the plate. Auburn had been limited to four or fewer hits in six of the previous eight games, compiling a 1-5 record in those games with the only win coming against Mercer at the Tiger Invitational. The Tigers had also scored more than four runs in only one of their last 12 games. In the five games of the tournament in Macon, Auburn scored 41 runs, as opposed to a total of 47 runs in the previous 17 games to open the season. The Tigers also eclipsed four runs in four of the games.
Rising High...As a team, Auburn hit .341 during the Holiday Inn Invitational. The performance elevated the team batting average to .233 for the season, up 33 points from the .200 average the team brought into the tournament.

Going Deep...

Against Birmingham Southern, Sara Dean, Anne Norton, Deni Zeigler and Martha Phillips all went deep to set a team record for home runs in a game with four. Phillips’ home run came in the first inning with the bases loaded for a grand slam. Only Zeigler’s home run was solo, as Dean and Norton both hit two-run shots in the 16-0 win.

Taking On Troy...

Auburn traveled to face Troy State for the fourth time in school history and came away with a 4-3 loss in which Janet Spivey surrendered all four runs in the first inning before settleing down to retire 16 of the final 18 Lady Trojan batters. However, the damage had been done as the Tiger’s offense could only score three runs on three hits. Anne Norton hit her third home run of the season, which was a two-run shot in the seventh inning to bring her total in RBI up to six.

No Mardi Gras In Monroe...

Auburn traveled to Monroe, La., for the Mardi Gras Tournament over the weekend of Feb. 14-16, and finished with a 1-2 record, defeating Southeastern Louisiana, 3-2, on Friday and then losing to Tulsa, 5-0, and Louisiana Lafayette, 9-1, on Sunday. The tournament schedule was rained out on Saturday.

Stumbling Against Samford...

After a tournament championship, the Tigers managed only four hits against Samford in a 1-0 loss on Feb. 11 in Birmingham, Ala. Janet Spivey pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits  and one run on a solo home run, but it was enough as the Bulldogs held on for the upset.

Tiger Invitational Champions...

In dramatic fashion, freshman Ashley Griffin hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to turn a one-run deficit into a tournament championship as the Tigers defeated Missouri, 3-2, on Feb. 9. With the shot, Griffin wrapped up tournament most valuable player, concluding a weekend in which she was 9-for-15 with four doubles, the home run and three RBI. Fellow freshman Janet Spivey was named most valuable pitcher following back-to-back complete game wins in just the second and third starts of her career. Spivey pitched 14 innings and allowed only two runs in the semifinal and championship game.

Tiger Invitational Day Three Results
Championship Game: Auburn 3, Missouri 2
Consolation Game: Mercer 2, UT-Chattanooga 1

Tiger Invitational Day Two Results
Game One: Mercer 2, UT-Chattanooga 0
Game Two: Missouri 8, Auburn 3
Game Three: Missouri 4, UT-Chattanooga 0
Game Four: Auburn 3, Mercer 0

Tiger Invitational Day One Results
Game One: Missouri 4, Mercer 2 (8 innings)
Game Two: Missouri 7, UT-Chattanooga 0
Game Three: Auburn 9, Mercer 2
Game Four: Auburn 4, UT-Chattanooga 2

Tiger Invitational Awards
Most Valuable Player: Ashley Griffin, Auburn
Most Valuable Pitcher: Janet Spivey, Auburn

Tigers’ Den

In the four seasons Auburn has hosted the Tiger Invitational, the Tigers have compiled a 19-3 record in the tournament.

 2003

2002 

2001 

2000 

4-1

6-0

4-1

5-1

 

 


Florida State

After losing game one, 8-0, to the ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles, Auburn fought back in game two as Anne Norton drove in a run to tie the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning with two outs, then took the lead in the tenth, only to give up two runs in the bottom of the tenth for a 3-2 loss. Jenny Diaz suffered her first loss of the season in game one, while Kristen Keyes pitched a complete game in 10 innings, but came up short in the loss.

USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament

Auburn finished with a record of 2-3 in the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament. Auburn got an excellent look at national competition in the tournament, including second-ranked Arizona and Florida Atlantic, which finished just outside of the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 preseason poll. The Tigers entered the tournament missing key players in 1B Kasey Angulo and P Lily DuBois due to injury. Angulo was the leading returner from last year in most offensive categories, while DuBois would be considered a number two starter before her injury. The opening game loss to Northwestern was the first in time Auburn lost a season opener in seven years. Below are the Tigers tournament results.

USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament Results

Date                  Opponent                            Results
Fri., Jan. 31  vs. Northwestern Wildcats       1-6 L
Fri., Jan. 31  vs. Florida Atlantic Owls           5-3 W
Sat., Feb. 1  vs. Arizona Wildcats                 0-6 L
Sat., Feb. 1  vs. South Florida Bulls              4-6 L
Sun., Feb. 2 vs. Sam Houston St. Bearkats  6-5 W (8)

Most Valuable Pitcher, Most Valuable Player

Janet Spivey made her biggest impact this season in the Tiger Invitational, pitching a complete game shutout against Mercer to advance Auburn to the championship game and following that with two-run complete game against Missouri to win the title and most valuable pitcher honors in her first two collegiate starts. Fellow freshman Ashley Griffin helped her earn the championship win with a game-winning two-run home run in the top of the seventh, upping her average for the tournament to .600, as she took most valuable player honors.

Keyes Battling Injury

Junior pitcher Kristen Keyes had an outstanding 2002 season, winning 21 games while posting a 1.78 ERA. However, she has had some difficulty in the early going of 2003. Keyes is 1-5 with a 4.54 ERA and has been fighting an arm injury. She has not played in Auburn’s last 13 games. In her last game against Missouri on Feb. 8, she struck out seven of the first 11 batters she faced, but then gave up six runs in two innings. Keyes should see limited action in a relief role versus Florida.

Injury Report

Lily DuBois will miss the series against Florida due to injury, but fellow pitcher Kristen Keyes is expected to return from hers in a relief role

Up Next...

Auburn travels to Georgia for a weekend series with a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday with games beginning at 12 p.m. CT both days.


Tiger Eyes Coming Soon

Coaching Staff

2003 Team Roster

Schedule/Results