Auburn Softball Downed by Alabama in SEC Tournament Opener, 4-0
May 8, 2003
PLANT CITY, Fla.— Auburn softball opened its play in the SEC Tournament with a 4-0 loss to Alabama on Thursday in Plant City, Fla. Kristen Keyes pitched the complete game, but took the loss, allowing the four runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts to drop her record to 12-15 for the season.
The Tigers (26-30) also had five hits in the game, but were unable to convert with runners on, stranding 11. Auburn threatened in the top of the first as Shannon Anderson reached with one out on an error by catcher Lacy Prejean. Sara Dean followed with a walk and Kasey Angulo singled to load the bases, but Deni Zeigler struck out and Jodi Van Ooyen flew out to end the inning.
Alabama (42-19) broke through first in the bottom of the fourth as Stephanie VanBrakle hit a solo home run to left. Auburn loaded the bases again in the fifth with a one-out double by Anderson and a pair of two-out walks, but Van Ooyen struck out to end the inning.
The Crimson Tide scored two more runs in the fifth. Capper Reed led off the inning with a walk and was safe at second on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Dominique Accetturo to short. The runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt, and Emily Currie singled to center to score Reed. Jackie Wilkins then hit a ball to short, and Ashley Griffin attempted to come home on the play, but Accetturo was safe for a 3-0 lead. Alabama scored its final run on a solo home run by Prejean in the sixth.
After compiling a six-game winning streak, the Tigers have now lost their last five, and have also lost five consecutive games to Alabama dating back to last season’s SEC Tournament.
Auburn will play Tennessee in an elimination game tomorrow at noon ET after the Volunteers lost to LSU earlier in the day.