Keyes Two-Hitter Paces Auburn to 1-0 Victory Over Troy State
April 7, 2004
TROY - The 23rd-ranked Auburn softball team manufactured a single run and Kristen Keyes made it stand up as she two-hit Troy State on Wednesday night to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory at the Trojan Softball Complex.
Auburn improved to 29-8 this year, with a pair of wins over the Trojans, who fell to 22-22.
Auburn scored the game's lone run in the fifth when Shannon Anderson turned a hit by pitch into a score. She stole both second and third before coming home on a wild pitch. The second stolen base was her 21st of the season, which ties the Auburn single-season record.
"Shannon is dangerous every time she gets on base and it won the game for us tonight," said head coach Tina Deese.
The Tigers looked to extend the lead in the seventh, but left the bases loaded. Anderson doubled and Sara Dean walked before Holly Currie advanced the runners on an infield single. However, Kristina McCain struck out to end the inning. McCain stranded seven runners in the game.
"We had a couple chances to increase our lead tonight and didn't take advantage of them," Deese said. "Our hitting wasn't where I wanted it to be in certain situations, but we did a good job of getting runners on base all night, which was a plus."
Laine Harcourt took the loss, going six innings to fall to 11-12. She worked six innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out five, walking two and hitting two batters.
Tamra Howren led off the bottom of the seventh with a double as Troy State attempted to rally. However, she was left standing there as Keyes struck out two sandwiched around a pop out.
Keyes earned the win for Auburn to improve to 15-7. She went the distance and allowed two hits while striking out 14, which tied a season high, and walking only one.
Keyes sixth strikeout was the 600th of her career as she became just the 10th player in SEC history to hit the milestone.
"Kristen continues to pitch well," said Deese. "She had a tough week last week, throwing a lot of games, but she came out tonight and battled and shut down a tough Troy State offense."
Auburn returns to action on Friday when it faces 12th-ranked Tennessee in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Knoxville, Tenn. The series will conclude Saturday with a Noon contest.