No. 25 Auburn Softball Team No-Hits Ole Miss in Doubleheader
March 20, 2004
- The 25th-ranked Auburn softball team threw back-to-back no-hitters on Saturday afternoon to sweep Ole Miss in a doubleheader, 5-0 and 9-0, at Jane B. Moore Field.
With the wins, Auburn improved to 23-3 overall and 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels fell to 7-19 and 2-3 in the league. The Tigers have now won 11 straight, which is a school record.
Pitchers Kristen Keyes and Beth DiPietro each hurled no-hitters as the Tigers extended their shutout streak to six, which ties an SEC record set earlier this year by Alabama. In its last 10 games * a span that dates back to Feb. 20 * Auburn has allowed just one run. Ole Miss has not scored a run on the Tigers its last eight games.
"Kristen threw extremely well," said head coach Tina Deese, who has Auburn off to the best start in school history. "She got ahead of hitters and kept the batters off balance.
"Beth was awesome. Freshman don't just come into the SEC and throw no-hitters very often. It doesn't get any better than that."
Keyes struck out 10 and walked one in the first game to pick up her second no-hitter of the year. She faced a little trouble in the third as Rebecca McIntire reached on an error and went to second when Brittany Warner reached on a fielder's choice. A sac bunt advanced the runners one base each. However, Keyes got Britte Hardy and Brooke Turner to strikeout to end the threat.
"It's an awesome feeling to throw a no-hitter, especially in the SEC," said Keyes, who lowered her conference-best earned-run average to 0.23. "No team in this conference is an easy out, so no-hitters are tough to come by."
Auburn scored single runs in the first and the third on RBI singles by Sara Dean and Shannon Anderson, respectively. In the fifth, each drove in another run as the Tigers tacked on three more to get to the final margin.
In game two, Auburn pounded out 15 hits in routing the Rebels. Holly Currie, Kristina McCain and Sara Ghezzi had three hits each.
Leading 2-0 in the fourth, the Tigers strung together six straight singles to score four runs and break the game wide open. Ashley Griffin's two-RBI single to right-centerfield ended the game via the run rule in the fifth.
"It was definitely nice to get it over in five innings," said DiPietro. "I had an idea that I had a no-hitter, but I don't look at the scoreboard during the game. It's bad luck."
DiPietro didn't need luck as she struck out three in five innings of work and walked one. She faced the minimum 15 batters as she got McIntire to ground into a double play following the walk.
"I wasn't looking to overpower anyone," DiPietro said. "I kept my pitches low and got them to hit grounders and let my defense do the work."
Auburn returns to action on Sunday when it goes for the three-game sweep of Ole Miss. The game is slated for Noon.