Tigers Split Doubleheader With Ole Miss


Tigers Split Doubleheader With Ole Miss

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OXFORD, Miss. -- Holly Currie held Ole Miss hitless until the sixth inning and struck out 12 as No. 25 Auburn split a doubleheader with a 4-0 victory over Ole Miss Saturday in the second game at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. The Rebels took the first game of the series with a 2-0 victory.

Currie worked seven innings, walking just two. Brooke Turner reached on an infield single with two out in Ole Miss’ half of the sixth for the Rebels’ first hit of the game. It is the fourth time this season Currie has struck out 10 or more in a game. Her career high is 14, set Feb. 25 against Texas Tech.

Currie improved to 13-4 this season and has not lost since Feb. 26 at Stanford.

“Holly threw a great game,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “She picked us up with such a strong performance. Then, with a great sixth inning offensive effort, she kept her head and did what she needed to do to ensure we’d get the win.”

It took Auburn 13 innings to score its first run Saturday, but the Tigers made it count. The club scored three in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run single by designated player Anne Norton. The senior singled to center to easily score Paige Jones from third, then watched as Sara Ghezzi narrowly beat the throw from center. Ghezzi was ruled safe at first, then out, and after a lengthy discussion with umpires and coaches from both teams, the run eventually stood.

The Tigers (28-7 overall, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) added one run in the seventh. Lauren Walton led off the top of the inning with a triple down the right field line, then was driven in two batters later with a Kristina McCain bloop single into left field.

Jones, Norton and McCain each had two hits to pace the Tigers. Jones reached on all three of her at bats in the second game, singling in the second and fourth innings and walking in the sixth.

Dana Brill fell to 6-5 this season for Ole Miss (21-10, 3-2) after allowing four runs and nine hits in seven innings. She struck out three.

In the first game of the day, the Auburn bats were held silent. Mary Jane Callahan shut out the Tigers, allowing just three hits while striking out seven in seven innings of work as Ole Miss defeated Auburn, 2-0. Auburn could get runners on second base just twice -- in the fourth and sixth innings -- and received solo hits from Jones, Ghezzi and Walton. Callahan improved to 9-4 on the season.

Beth DiPietro pitched well for the Tigers, giving up just five hits and two runs in six innings. She did, however, give up a fourth-inning home run to Dede Justice. The round-tripper was Justice’s fifth of the season and proved to be the game-winner. DiPietro fell to 13-3 on the season.

Ole Miss added an insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth when Lauren Rowe singled with one out and the bases loaded. DiPietro, however, induced Rebecca McIntire, the Rebels’ next batter, to ground into a double play, ending the Ole Miss threat.

Twenty-fifth ranked Auburn and Ole Miss complete their three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Catch the game live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com. Click on the live audio link on the right side of the page. Those in the Auburn area can also find the game on the radio dial at WANI-AM (1400).

TIGER NOTES: The Tigers made their debut as the No. 25 team in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll against the Rebels ... The Tigers earned their first ever national ranking last season as the 22nd ranked team in the NFCA poll on March 31 ... That same day, Auburn fell to No. 13 Florida, 11-3, but then went on a two-game winning streak with victories over Mississippi State ... Ashley Griffin’s first at bat of the day marked the 100th for the shortstop this season, becoming the first Tiger to hit the century mark ... Auburn wore its white uniforms for both games Saturday ... The Tigers are now 8-4 this season when wearing white ... Auburn is 23-0 this season when scoring first and 25-5 when an opponent starts a right-handed pitcher.