April 9, 2005
AUBURN - Holly Currie hit her 12th home run of the season and earned her 15th victory as 22nd-ranked Auburn split a doubleheader with No. 4 Tennessee Saturday in front of 609 at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn fell in game one, 5-0, but then took game two, 3-1.
Currie hit her team-leading 12th home run in the sixth inning of game two. The blast, a solo shot, was lined over the left center field fence and constituted Currie's 51st run batted in of the season.
Paige Jones paced the Auburn offense in game two, finishing with a 3-for-3 effort and her 32nd RBI of the season.
"Holly really had another great game today and Paige was solid from the batter's box," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "I really like the way we responded as a team coming off the first game loss to Tennessee."
Currie backed up her home run with a stellar effort from the circle, holding Tennessee (44-6 overall, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) to five hits in seven innings. She improved to 15-6 on the season and 8-2 at home.
The Tigers (37-11, 11-5) scored two runs in the first inning of the second game. Currie, who walked as the third batter of the game for the Tigers, scored on a Jones single to left field. A batter later, Sara Dean came across the plate on an error by the Tennessee shortstop.
Tennessee got its only run of the game in the third on a home run by Lindsay Schutzler. Megan Rhodes took the loss for the Lady Vols, falling to 10-4 on the year. She worked six innings, allowing six hits and three runs. She struck out three but walked four.
Auburn's win came after a game one Tennessee victory in which Monica Abbott limited the Tigers to one hit - a Dean single in the seventh inning. The Lady Vols scored two in the second and three in the sixth to win the first game of the series.
Abbott finished with 16 strikeouts and two walks in seven innings of work. She improved to 31-2 on the season.
Beth DiPietro fell to 19-5 on the season - her first loss of the year at Jane B. Moore Field - after allowing four hits and five runs in seven innings. She struck out seven.
The 22nd-ranked Tigers and No. 4 Lady Volunteers finish the three-game series with a solo contest Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field. Sunday is 50-cent hot dog day at the stadium's concession stand. For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com or on WANI-AM (1400) in the Auburn area.
TIGER NOTES: The 609 fans to attend the game constituted the fourth-largest attendance ever at Jane B. Moore Field ... It trailed a May 6, 2001 game against LSU, which had 612 fans ... The largest attendance in program history came May 4, 2002 against Alabama (1,187) ... The second-largest was the next day, with 682 coming to the game ...
Auburn's previous high attendance this season at home was 331 against Northwestern State on Feb. 12 ... Holly Currie's home run gave her 16 for her career, moving her into a tie for fifth-place in program history ... The Tigers improved to 3-2 in the month of April ... Sara Dean's two starts give her 196 in a row ... Auburn wore its blue uniforms for both games and is now 21-5 in them this season ... Both games lasted
2:02 ... Auburn is also now 30-10 in day games this season.