Auburn Softball Takes Series from Tennessee with Game Three Win, 4-1
April 13, 2003
AUBURN — Auburn took the deciding game of its three-game series with Tennessee, 4-1, on Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field, upping its record to 22-25 overall, 10-13 in the SEC.
Jodie Van Ooyen
“It was a good series,” said head coach Tina Deese. “I was really proud of the way the kids played. They came out ready to take this one today. We had a little added incentive, in terms of the standings, feeling like if we get two from Tennessee, we could possibly beat them for the six spot (in the SEC tournament). The kids came in and played hard, and of course, we got another stellar performance from Kristen Keyes on the mound. I think that was key. It was a good day we did some good things in terms of execution, executing the squeeze and stealing some bases, and our offense really came through.”
Kristen Keyes once again had Tennessee’s number, as she pitched her second straight complete game, this time allowing one run on two hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. The Lady Vols’ lone run came in the sixth inning, breaking a streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings by Keyes in her career versus Tennessee. In two seasons, Keyes is now 4-0, with four complete games and three shutouts in 30.0 innings of work. She has allowed only 10 hits and four walks, with all of the walks coming last season, and has 45 strikeouts.
Auburn got on the board first in the bottom of the third as Ashley Griffin led off with a single to center field. Shannon Anderson followed with a sharply hit ball to third base for a single, putting runners at first and second for Sara Dean. Dean put down a bunt that first baseman Amber Rhinehart threw into right field, allowing Griffin to score for a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Jodi Van Ooyen led off and doubled to left center. Deni Zeigler then singled to right field, advancing Van Ooyen to third. Robin Thornburg pinch ran for Zeigler and stole second before Robin Martin struck out. Jennifer Hammock then put down a bunt, which was mishandled by pitcher Stacey Jennings, scoring Van Ooyen, and with no one covering second, Hammock took the extra base. Griffin then hit a ground ball to short and Thornburg beat the play at the plate for the Tigers’ third run.
Tennessee got its run in the top of the sixth. Kristi Durant was hit by a pitch to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. She later scored from second on a single to center by Lauren Mattox.
Auburn got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Kim Freeland was hit by a pitch and sacrificed to second by Hammock. She moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly by Griffin to center for the final 4-1 margin.
Auburn will next travel to Kentucky for a three-game series with the Wildcats, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT and finishing with a single game on Sunday at noon CT.