Jones, Currie Named To NFCA All-South Region First-Team
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Jones, Currie Named To NFCA All-South Region First-Team 

May 18, 2005
              
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn senior Paige Jones and sophomore Holly Currie have been named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region First-Team, it was announced Wednesday.

For Jones and Currie, it marks the first All-Region nomination for both. Jones earned the First-Team nomination at first base while Currie was named to the First-Team as the utility player.

Jones, from Alabaster, Ala., has started 62 games this season and is batting .378 with a career-high 13 home runs and 45 runs batted in. She is second on the club in both categories and also helps pace the Auburn offensive attack with nine doubles and 25 walks.

The senior was named as a First-Team All-Southeastern Conference member prior to the conference's tournament last week. She was also named to The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District IV First-Team last week and was the Tiger Invitational Most Valuable Player earlier in the season. She garnered SEC Player of the Week honors on May 2 after batting .571 with a combined four home runs and nine RBI in six games against Florida and Kentucky. Lastly, Jones was named to the War Eagle Classic All-Tournament Team in February.

For Currie, the All-Region First-Team nomination puts a cap on a record-breaking season. The sophomore broke the Auburn single-season record for RBI and has 62 entering the team's NCAA Regional appearance Friday. She has 16 home runs this season, placing her one shy of tying Ashley Moore for Auburn's single-season record. Along the way, Currie has posted a 10-RBI game * breaking an SEC record * tossed Auburn's first-ever perfect game and hit for the cycle against Arkansas in Auburn's first SEC series of the season.

Currie has dominated from the circle this season, posting a 24-9 record with a 1.97 ERA in 199 1/3 innings of work. She is fourth in the SEC with 237 strikeouts and has held opponents to a .181 batting average.

Last week, Currie was named as a Second-Team All-SEC member. She was also named the SEC Pitcher of the Week April 25 and was one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. She was named to the All-Tournament teams of the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic and War Eagle Classic and was the Most Valuable Pitcher of the Tiger Invitational.

Jones and Currie are one of nine SEC players on the first team, which is comprised of 12 players from the NFCA's South Region.

Jones, Currie and the Tigers will next face Florida State as the No. 2 seed of the Auburn Regional. The Tigers and Seminoles are slated to start at 5 p.m. CT., at Jane B. Moore Field. They will be followed by No. 1 Baylor and No. 4 Florida A&M, which begins at 7:30 p.m. CT.