Auburn Softball Falls To Arkansas In Series Opener

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Auburn Softball Falls To Arkansas In Series Opener

March 15, 2003

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 Jodie Van Ooyen

AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn and Arkansas opened their three-game series Saturday night at Jane B. Moore Field and the Lady Razorbacks came away with a 4-1 win, despite the Tigers outhitting them 10-5. Auburn left 11 runners on base, as Kristen Keyes started and took loss as the Tigers fell to 12-18 overall, 1-6 in the SEC.

“I thought the effort was there,” said head coach Tina Deese. “We left 11 runners on and did not execute. We did not get the hits at the right times. When you get 10 hits in a game and score one run on a home run, that’s tough. We’ve got to be tougher and stronger and step in there in the box with runners on base.”

Deni Zeigler opened the scoring in the bottom of the second by leading off with her fourth home run of the season to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

However, in the fourth, Ruth Atkins led off with a double to right and was pinch run for by Sarah Hill. Julie Young then hit Arkansas’ second consecutive double, scoring Hill to even the score at one and bringing in reliever Janet Spivey. Keyes finished the night allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts. The Lady Razorbacks added the second run when Young scored on a ball hit by Nicole Deeter back to the mound. Spivey attempted a throw home on the play, but Young was safe and Arkansas took a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Razorbacks added two more runs in the top of the seventh off of Spivey on another fielder’s choice, this time by Kim Eiben scoring Deeter, and a groundout Lauren Hendrix scoring Blaire Woodward for the final margin.

Spivey finished the game allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Lyons earned her seventh win for Arkansas and Heather Schlichtman picked up her first save of the season.

The Tigers and Razorbacks will meet again for a doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.