Auburn Softball Team Goes Out of Conference to Face Troy State


Auburn Softball Team Goes Out of Conference to Face Troy State

April 6, 2004

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AUBURN - The Auburn softball team will take a break from conference action on Wednesday when it travels to Troy State for an intra-state battle.

The Tigers (28-8, 10-5 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a 2-1 weekend against Mississippi State and will go to Knoxville, Tenn., for a three-game set with Tennessee on Friday. The Trojans (20-21, 3-1 Atlantic Sun) last played on April 1 in a 6-0 victory over Alabama State.

The two teams have met once already this year with Auburn taking a 2-0 victory. However, that meeting came at Jane B. Moore Field more than a month ago.

"It's going to be an entirely different atmosphere," said Auburn coach Tina Deese. "Troy always has a very hostile environment for its opponents and our players will have to stay focused on what is going on out on the field."

Kristen Keyes hurled a no-hitter in the contest en route to SEC Pitcher of the Week honors. She struck out 10 in the game and was never really threatened.

"I think Troy will be pumped and ready to get another shot at Kristen," Deese said. "They will be hungry to come out and make a statement. They are a good hitting team and they score a bunch of runs every time out."

Last season, at Troy, the Tigers dropped a 4-3 decision after Troy State took an early 4-0 lead and held on for the victory.

"We struggled throwing strikes early in the game last year and found ourselves in a hole early in the game. But our team fought back and we had opportunities, but it just wasn't enough," Deese said. "So, if we can start well and hold them early and get a couple hits, we can be successful there."

Auburn leads the all-time series 5-4, but the two teams are tied in Troy, 2-2.