Auburn Softball Falls in Game Three At Georgia
March 9, 2003
Athens, Ga.— Auburn and Georgia played the final game of their three-game series on Sunday and the Bulldogs came away with a 9-4 win to sweep the series.
Georgia took the lead in the first as Nicole Barber led off with a double to left field. Katie Lewis then hit a ball that glanced off of pitcher Kristen Keyes’ glove and ended up in center field, scoring Barber. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 3-0 in the second as Michelle Tyree hit a two-run home run to left center.
The Tigers answered with one run in the top of the third when Shannon Anderson hit her first career home run with a solo shot to right field off of starter Michelle Green to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Georgia added another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Courtney Knight, but Auburn once again answered, this time with two runs in the fourth. Ashley Griffin led off and by striking out, but she reached first when the ball got by catcher Shannon McKeon. Sara Dean followed with a double to left center, advancing Griffin to third, and was pinch run for by Kim Freeland. Griffin then came home on a sacrifice fly by Paige Jones that also sent Freeland to third. Freeland scored the second run of the inning on a single by Anne Norton to left, and Green got out of further trouble with strikeouts of Deni Zeigler and Martha Phillips.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs took the two runs back plus one on a sacrifice fly by Kim Wendland and two bases loaded walks, one by Keyes and another by reliever Janet Spivey who entered with one out. Keyes’ day ended after allowing seven runs, five of them earned, on eight hits with two walks, two hit batters and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Wendland also gave Georgia its eighth run with a single through the right side scoring Barber in the fifth inning.
In the sixth, the Tigers and Bulldogs exchanged runs as Dean led off the inning and hit her fourth home run of the season to make the score 8-4, before Ashley Godfrey answered with a solo home run to center for Georgia in the bottom half.
Green earned the win for the Bulldogs, upping her record to 15-2. Keyes took the loss and fell to 1-8, while Spivey finished the game allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Auburn will next host Arkansas in a three-game series at Jane B. Moore Field with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 5 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.