Auburn Softball Scores Four In The Eighth To Beat UAB


Auburn Softball Scores Four In The Eighth To Beat UAB

March 25, 2003

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Kristen Keyes

Birmingham, Ala.- Auburn and Alabama-Birmingham met for a single game in Birmingham on Wednesday and went to an extra inning before the Tigers struck for four runs in the eighth to take a 5-2 win that evened their overall record at 18-18 and made a split of the season series.

Kristen Keyes was solid once again, earning her third complete game win in her last three starts by allowing two runs on five hits and three walks with 12 strikeouts. The 12 strikeouts also marked the third consecutive game Keyes has tied her own school record for strikeouts.

The Tigers got on the board first in the top of the first as Shannon Anderson hit a one-out single down the right field line off of UAB pitcher Kelli Thompson. She stole second before Sara Dean walked and Kasey Angulo struck out. Kim Freeland entered the game to run for Dean and Auburn executed a double steal, setting up an RBI single to left for Deni Zeigler and a 1-0 lead.

The Blazers threatened in the bottom of the third with runners on first and third and one out, but third baseman Ashley Griffin made spectacular diving catch on popped up bunt and ran to third for an unassisted double play as the runner attempted to come home.

Alabama-Birmingham was able to even the score in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff home run by Thompson. It was Thompson's second home run of the season against Auburn and broke a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Keyes over her past four games.

The game went to extra innings and with Robin Martin placed at second to open the inning, Griffin put down a bunt, but first baseman Kris Lara threw our Martin at third. Anderson also put down a bunt, but beat the play for a single before Sara Dean grounded out and advanced the runners to second and third. Angulo walked to load the bases for Zeigler, who cleared them with a
double to left center and a 4-1 lead. Zeigler's four RBI for the game raised her season total to 12. Jennifer Hammock brought home one more run on a double that fell just in front of centerfielder Sara Christopehel and scored Zeigler.

The Blazers scored one run in their half of the inning, but it was not enough and Auburn took the win.

Auburn now returns home to host South Carolina for a three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 29, and a single game on Sunday, March 30. The start time for both days will be noon.