Auburn Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Arkansas
March 16, 2003
- Auburn and Arkansas wrapped up their three-game series with a Sunday doubleheader and the Tigers rebounded to win both games, 2-0 in game one, and 3-2 in game two, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Lady Razorbacks.
“I’m very happy,” said head coach Tina Deese. “We always struggle with the Razorbacks. They typically have our number for some reason. We’ll go and battle in games like these, and then we’ll give it away in the seventh inning, but this time the players stayed strong, stayed tough and battled back in that last game.”
In game one, Kristen Keyes started the game, but left in the top of the second as a line drive by Stephanie Hunter hit off of Keyes’ right hand, which is her pitching hand, and she was forced out of the game. Auburn got the out on the play and Keyes finished with no runs on no hits with one strikeout in two innings.
The Tigers struck first with back-to-back, two-out doubles by Kasey Angulo and Jennifer Hammock in the bottom of the third. Hammock’s fell in front of a diving Stephanie Hunter in left field, bringing home Angulo for Hammock’s fourth RBI of the season.
In a situation similar to the third inning, Auburn scored its second run as Angulo again doubled, this time with one out, and after Hammock struck out, Martha Phillips doubled to left center as Hunter again made a diving effort, but came up short. Angulo scored on the play for a 2-0 lead and Phillips’ 10th RBI of the season.
Janet Spivey relieved Keyes at the top of the third and took it all the way home, allowing no runs on just three hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings for her sixth win of the season.
In game two, Spivey returned as the starter and the Tigers once again got on the board first, this time in the bottom of the first. Shannon Anderson hit a one-out single and stole second. The attempt to throw out Anderson was mishandled by shortstop Lauren Hendrix and went into center field, allowing Anderson to third. She then scored on a groundout by Sara Dean for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Razorbacks finally got to Spivey in the top of the of the third with a lead off home run to left field by Julie Young for her third of the season, evening the score at one. That was followed by singles by Nicole Deeter and Candice Swan, and Deeter would eventually score on a fielder’s choice, hit by Kim Eiben for a 2-1 lead.
The fifth inning would belong to Auburn as Ashley Griffin went to first after being hit by Lady Razorback pitcher Valanna Lyons with two outs. Anderson then reached on an error by second baseman Blaire Woodward, bringing up Sara Dean. Dean singled to right, scoring Griffin from second, and the throw home got away from catcher Lisa Nieman, allowing Anderson to also come home for the 3-2 final margin.
Angulo served double duty moving from first base in the fourth inning to pitch and earning the win by allowing no runs on two hits with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
“I can’t say enough about Kasey Angulo and what she did today,” said Deese. “We’ve been working her in the bullpen a little bit, and I’m just glad she was there for us. She pitched really, really strong, and that’s a big bright spot for us right now.”
Auburn will next travel to Oxford, Miss., for a three-game series with the Ole Miss Rebels, beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, March 22, and concluding with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 23.