Auburn Softball Wins Two Over Kentucky In Lexington
April 18, 2003
Lexington, Ky.- Auburn opened their series with Kentucky on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of the Wildcats, taking game one, 9-1, and game two, 5-4, in 10 innings. Kristen Keyes had a great day winning game one in a complete game and earning the win in game two in relief to improve her record to 10-11, while Ashley Griffin was 4-for-9 at the plate with three RBI. The Tigers are now 24-25 overall, and 12-13 in the SEC.
In game one, Keyes pitched her fourth consecutive complete game while allowing one run on five hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts.
Auburn struck for their second-highest first inning total of the season, as the Tigers put four runs on the board. Ashley Griffin led off with a pop single that fell in left field, and following a Shannon Anderson pop out, Sara Dean placed a ball down just inside of the right field line for a double. With runners at second and third, Kasey Angulo connected on her second home run of the season, raising her RBI total to 13 with the three-run shot. With the bases clear, Martha Phillips doubled down the left field line and moved to third on a Jodie Van Ooyen groundout. Deni Zeigler then plated her 14th RBI of the season with a line single off the left field wall for the 4-0 lead.
In the second, Griffin again singled to left, this time with one out, and stole second, setting up a Shannon Anderson RBI single to left center. It was Anderson's fifth RBI this season and upped the Tigers' lead to 5-0. They added another run in the third as Angulo led off with a walk. Phillips then reached on a fielder's choice with Angulo out at second on the ground ball. Van Ooyen doubled to left to place runners at second and third and Deni Zeigler brought home Phillips with a single for her second RBI of the game.
Auburn's seventh run came across the plate in the fifth inning. Cami Fenn drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a bad throw by second baseman Nikki Jones during a pickoff attempt. Fenn advanced to third on Deni Zeigler's third single of the game before scoring on Kim Freeland's second single of the contest. It marked Freeland's first RBI of the season.
The Tigers added their final two runs in the seventh inning. Angulo reached on an error by shortstop Rachel Friberg and Fenn drove a double into the left centerfield gap. Van Ooyen followed with a ball to short that Friberg attempted to come home with, but threw it away and both Angulo and Fenn scored for a 9-0 lead. The nine runs is a season high in Southeastern Conference play for Auburn. Kentucky put one run on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of hits and a wild pitch by Keyes, but it was too late. Crystalie Wolfe took the loss for Kentucky and fell to 0-8 after allowing the Tigers first six runs in three innings.
As a note, Shannon Anderson tied Chris Steiner for the Auburn career record for stolen bases with her 37th in the fourth inning. It was her 16th of the season, and she had been perfect on the season until she would be caught in game two.
Jenny Diaz got the start in game two with Janet Spivey nursing a sore shoulder. Diaz and Kentucky pitcher Amy Kendall held the offenses to one hit through three and a half innings, but in the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats struck first. Lyndsey Angus doubled into right center to lead off and Friberg brought her home with a single to center and advanced to second on the throw home. Angulo relieved Diaz, moving in from her position in the field at first base and was able to strike out the side.
However, the Tigers were able to answer in the next half inning with their second three-run home run of the day, with Griffin doing the honors by hitting her third home run of the season and tie Paige Jones for the team lead in RBI with 17. Robin Martin and Freeland came home with Griffin. Zeigler also had a one-out double, but was forced out when Freeland reached.
The Wildcats tied the game in the sixth inning as Angus hit a lead off single and, one out later, Kendall hit her second home run of the season to center. Also in the sixth, Keyes relieved Angulo to get the final out of the inning. The game remained scoreless into the 10th when by rule a runner is placed at second to open each half inning. Zeigler started there for Auburn, but was tagged out while trying to advance on a Chitwood bunt. Freeland doubled to left center to put runners at second and third before Chitwood was thrown out at home trying to score on a Griffin ground ball. With two outs, Anderson and Dean hit back-to-back RBI singles to give Auburn a 5-3 lead. Kentucky scored one in the tenth, but Keyes closed out the game allowing one run on two hits with no walks in seven strikeouts on 4.1 innings.
Auburn and Kentucky will close their three-game series with a single game on Saturday at noon CT.