Keyes Named National Player of the Week
April 18, 2004
AUBURN - Auburn senior pitcher Kristen Keyes has been named National Player of the Week, it was announced Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
She is the first Auburn softball player to ever be named National Player of the Week. The honor comes on the heels of her receiving her second Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week award this year.
During the week, Keyes (Clearwater, Fla.) went 3-1 with a pair of wins over No. 13 Alabama and one over No. 6 LSU. She no-hit the Crimson Tide for her first win before pitching 1 1/3 shutout innings in relief to earn the second one.
Against LSU, she held the nation's fourth most prolific offense to just three hits to lift Auburn to a 2-1 victory over the SEC Western Division leaders. The three hits was the second fewest allowed to the Bayou Bengals all season.
The win over LSU was her 21st of the year, which tied the Auburn single-season record. She will look to break the record this weekend as Auburn hosts Kentucky in its final SEC series of the year.
The action begins Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field with a doubleheader. The three-game set wraps up on Sunday at Noon.
The NFCA also released its latest NFCA/USA Today poll Wednesday and the Tigers climbed two spots to No. 15. It is the highest Auburn has ever been ranked.