Auburn Softball Drops Game Three To No. 13 South Carolina
March 30, 2003
Auburn, Ala.— Auburn and South Carolina completed their three-game series Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field and the 13th-ranked Gamecocks took the final game 4-0, to drop the Tigers record to 19-20 overall, 7-8 in the SEC.
Janet Spivey started her second game of the series and allowed three runs on four hits in two innings to fall to 7-8 on the season. USC’s Stacey Johnson earned her second win of the series by pitching the complete game, allowing no runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
“We had a lot of quality at bats,” said head coach Tina Deese. “All we can do is get up there and try to hit the ball hard and go with the pitches. I felt like we did that, and we had a couple of opportunities to put a run across the board, but we didn’t come through. I felt like getting behind right away, that’s something that we’ve got to get better with. We get behind and lose our intensity offensively. I thought Janet (Spivey) did a nice job coming out and throwing strikes. I felt she had a pretty decent performance, and I thought Kristen (Keyes) did a really nice job coming in and shutting things down.”
South Carolina scored first in the top of the first. Amber Curtis led off with a double down the left field line, was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jodi Fittro and came home on a groundout by Debralee Troesh for a 1-0 lead. The Gamecocks then added two more runs in the second on a single by Meghan Cornett and a home run by Ashley Smith.
In the third, Kristen Keyes relieved Spivey and surrendered a leadoff hit to Curtis, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and later scored on a single by Danielle Quinones to make the score 4-0. Keyes settled down and finished the game allowing a total of the one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Auburn next travels to Tuscaloosa for a three-game series with Alabama beginning with a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 2, at 5 p.m. and continuing with a single game on Thursday, April 3, at 2 p.m.