May 14, 2005
Gainesville, FL. -- Auburn's run in the Southeastern Conference Tournament ended Saturday as No. 8 Georgia defeated the 18th-ranked Tigers, 7-3, at the Florida Softball Stadium.
Auburn (49-16 overall) ended the tournament with a 2-2 record, having defeated South Carolina, 8-0, to open the SEC Tournament Thursday, then falling to Alabama, 9-5, on Friday. The Tigers stayed alive in the tournament with a 4-3 victory over LSU in a first game on Saturday.
Georgia (51-12) now advances to the SEC Tournament Championship Game Sunday at 2 p.m. EST., The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Alabama-Tennessee contest, set to start at 10 a.m. EST., Sunday.
The Tigers will now wait to learn their destination for the postseason. The NCAA selection show will air Sunday between 6:30-7 p.m. CT., on ESPNews.
Auburn put the game's first run on the board in the bottom half of the first. Sara Dean connected on a Michelle Green offering and blooped a single into left center, scoring Ashley Griffin from second.
Georgia, however, answered back with two runs in the third, three more in the fifth and solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
Holly Currie pulled the Tigers within four with a two-out home run in the bottom of the seventh. The round-tripper was her 16th this season, pulling her one away from tying Ashley Moore (17) for most in a single-season.
Beth DiPietro fell to 22-7 on the season after throwing 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out one. Currie came on in relief of DiPietro in the fifth and closed out the game. She allowed five hits and two while striking out one.
Green picked up the win and improved to 24-3 this season. She allowed four hits and one run in five innings of work.
TIGER NOTES: Ashley Griffin extended her hit streak to a career-tying 12 games with a 1-for-4 effort ... Sara Dean now has at least one RBI in three of Auburn's four games in the SEC Tournament ... She posted two against South Carolina and one against LSU ... The Tigers gunned down a Georgia threat in the second ... Lauren Walton relayed to Ashley Griffin on a Jessica Gilmore double to Sara Dean, who put a tag on Courtney Knight at the plate ... Knight had been at first to start the play ... Krista Barts made her first appearance of the season ... The junior was hit by a pitch as the first batter of the seventh inning ... The Tigers played under the lights for the ninth time this season, and fell to 8-1 in the situation ... Auburn fell to 10-14 all-time in seven appearances at the SEC Tournament.