Auburn Softball Recovers To Take Game Three From Florida
March 5, 2003
Auburn, Ala.— Auburn and Florida played the final game of their three-game series Wednesday night, and the Tigers took a 3-0 win behind a complete game shutout by freshman pitcher Janet Spivey. Spivey surrendered just three hits and one walk with six strikeouts to earn her fifth win of the year.
“The kids came out strong,” said head coach Tina Deese. “They were down after last night with the two losses we took and the way we played, but we believed in ourselves and knew we were a much better team than that. I’m very pleased with the bats coming to life today. I’ve been staying with Kasey Angulo, just knowing she was going to come through, and without a doubt, she came through for us today. Janet Spivey, also, giving up three hits to a strong hitting Florida team did an excellent job just walking one and striking out six. For a freshman to stand out on the mound in an SEC game like that, I just thought she did a terrific job.”
Auburn struck first with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. Ashley Griffin had a deep single to right off of Florida pitcher Jenny Gladding, who then hit Shannon Anderson and walked Sara Dean to load the bases. Kasey Angulo then brought home her fifth and sixth RBI of the season with a single to right center and a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers added another run in the fifth as Jennifer Hammock led off by reaching on an error by Gator third baseman Jennifer Mossadeghi. Griffin then reached on a fielder’s choice with Hammock thrown out at second. After a groundout by Anderson, Sara Dean hit a ball down the right field line, which right fielder Kristen Butler dove for, but could not reach for a triple and an RBI by Dean.
In the seventh, Spivey allowed the first two batters to reach, but then recovered to strikeout the side and raise Auburn’s record to 12-14 overall, 1-2 in the SEC.
The Tigers next travel to Georgia for a three-game series that includes a doubleheader on Saturday, March 8, and a single game on Sunday, March 9. Action on both days will begin at noon central time.