Auburn Softball Team Splits Doubleheader With No. 2 LSU
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April 24, 2004
BATON ROUGE, La. - Ashley Griffin laced a two-strike, two-out single to plate two runs to lead Auburn to a 2-1 game one win before LSU rebounded for an 11-0 victory in game two on Saturday at Tiger Park.
Auburn's record went to 35-13 and 16-10 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU, which clinched its seventh SEC West title, stands at 44-8 and 20-5 in the league. Auburn's win snapped the Bayou Bengals 16-game win streak.
The win over second-ranked LSU is the first time Auburn has ever beaten a team ranked in the nation's top two.
Auburn, ranked 19th, scored its runs in the third. Kristina McCain reached when Kristin Schmidt's throw to first off a McCain bunt was low and couldn't be handled by the first sacker, Stephanie Hill. McCain then took second on an errant throw by shortstop Lauren Delahoussaye to second on Shannon Anderson's fielder's choice. A double steal moved both runners into scoring position to set up Griffin's clutch hit.
LSU had a number of scoring opportunities brought on by Auburn errors, but the defense rebounded to snuff out each attempt. The home-standing Tigers stranded five runners in the game.
In the third, LaDonia Hughes singled and Lauren Castle reached on Lolani Alvarez' first error of the day. Hughes went to third on the play. With no outs and runners on the corners, Castle broke for second to try to induce a rundown so Hughes could score. However, Tiger first baseman Martha Phillips alertly threw behind Hughes at third, who was then caught up in a rundown before being putout trying to scramble back to third.
Leslie Klein led off the sixth with a single and advanced to second on Alvarez' second error. However, she was gunned down at as she and Stephanie Hill attempted a double steal.
The Bayou Bengals run came on Camille Harris' home run to left field.
Kristen Keyes was spectacular for LSU, allowing just three hits to the nation's fourth best offense. She gave up one run and struck out four to improve to 21-9.
Kristin Schmidt allowed just the Griffin hit while fanning eight. She fell to 26-4 this year.
The second game was a different story as LSU posted a single run in the second off a Julie Wiese home run before posting a five spot in the third. The Tigers batted around and had seven singles in the frame.
After a brief lightning delay, LSU tacked on five more in the home half of the fourth including four runs on a Harris grand slam.
Holly Currie worked 2 2/3 innings and allowed six runs in taking the loss. She fell to 8-2. Jenny Diaz pitched 1 1/3 and gave up five runs.
Emily Turner got the win for LSU. She worked five innings and gave up one hit.
The two teams meet on Sunday in the rubber match of the series beginning at 1 p.m.