Auburn Softball Drops Final Two Games Against Crimson Tide
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March 23, 2005
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The 25th-ranked Auburn softball team fell in both games Wednesday against No. 9 Alabama, 6-4 and 4-3, respectively, at the Auburn Softball Complex.
Dani Woods singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Crimson Tide a win in game two. The loss marks the first time this season the Tigers (30-9 overall, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) have lost consecutive games. Auburn and Alabama (33-7, 6-3) are now tied for first in the SEC West.
The second game of the day was a continuation of Tuesday night's contest, which was halted in the first inning due to a tornado warning.
Auburn starter Beth DiPietro fell to 15-4 this season after working 6
1/3 innings, striking out two while allowing eight hits. Chrissy Owens improved to 7-1, coming on in relief of Stephanie VanBrakle in the sixth inning. Owens held Auburn to one hit while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.
Sara Ghezzi and Sara Dean paced Auburn's offense with two hits apiece, while Holly Currie had Auburn's only extra base hit of the game, her 15th double of the season, which leads the SEC.
The Tigers scored their first run of the game in the fourth on a Ghezzi double, which scored Dean and Robin Martin.
Auburn added a run in the fifth, but it wasn't enough. The Crimson Tide scored solo runs in the first and fifth innings and posted two in the seventh for the come-from-behind victory.
"It's really tough to lose that way," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "It was a typical Auburn-Alabama game. They're always close and both games today were no exception."
Auburn came close, but just couldn't close the gap in the first game.
Currie hit her eighth home run of the season and Auburn nearly came back with two runs in the fifth, but the Tigers fell, 6-4, to Alabama in the first game of the day.
'We rallied," Deese said," but just couldn't come away with a victory. Alabama is a good team and you can't spot them a 5-1 lead.
But our offense improved later on and battled, and that's always encouraging."
Currie's round-tripper came off Alabama starter Jennifer Wright and pulled Auburn within one. But that's the last run Auburn scored. The Crimson Tide scored an insurance run in the sixth to take the game, which was delayed Tuesday night due to tornado warnings. Alabama opened up the early portion of the game with three runs in the second and two more in the third.
Woods hit her fourth home run of the season in Alabama's three-run second.
Currie fell to 13-5 on the season, losing for the first time since Feb.
26. She threw six innings, allowing six runs and five hits while striking out seven.
Jennifer Wright improved to 12-2 this season after working five innings, striking out three while walking one. The Tigers did get to her for seven hits and all four of their runs. Owens saved her fifth game of the season with two innings of relief, holding Auburn hitless while striking out two.
Currie paced Auburn with two hits and her seventh multiple-RBI game of the season, finishing with three. She drove in her first run on Tuesday, doubling in the top of the first. The game was delayed with Auburn up, 1-0.
Auburn now returns home for a three-game series with South Carolina.
The Tigers and Gamecocks will square off in a doubleheader Saturday, with the first game slated to start 12 p.m. CT. The clubs will conclude the weekend with a single game Sunday at 12 p.m.
Catch the games live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com. Click on the live stats and live audio links on the right side of the page.
Those in the Auburn area can also catch the games live on the radio dial at WANI-AM (1400).
TIGER NOTES: During the first game of the day, the USA Today/NFCA Top
25 was released ... Auburn is still ranked 25th, a week after breaking into the poll for the first time this season ... Auburn gained three points this week, and now has 38 ... The teams continued the first game at the same start as it was delayed Tuesday due to a tornado warning ...
Holly Currie walked Stephanie VanBrakle to continue the first, then struck out Capper Reed with the bases loaded ... Alabama left the bases loaded three times in the first game of the series Tuesday ... The Crimson Tide also did it in the second inning of the first game Wednesday ... Auburn and Alabama's attendance Tuesday night was 1,004, the most this season to see the Tigers play at any venue ... Auburn wore its blue uniforms for both games and are 16-4 in them this season.