Auburn 11, Florida A&M
Auburn 11, Florida A&M 2May 21, 2005
* Auburn's record following the FAMU contest stands at 50-17. This is the first 50-win season in Auburn history. It ties the 1995 and 1997 baseball teams for most single-season wins by any sport at Auburn.
* The win over the Lady Rattlers was the first-ever victory for Auburn in NCAA postseason play. The Tigers had been 0-5 before knocking off FAMU.
* Auburn's five-run fourth and sixth innings were more productive than the Tigers' previous six NCAA postseason contests. AU had combined to score four runs in those six games, while the Tigers plated five in both the fourth and sixth innings alone against the Lady Rattlers. Auburn's 11 runs against the Lady Rattlers marks a new Auburn NCAA postseason record.
* The game vs. Florida A&M marked the fifth time this season that the Tigers have been the visiting team at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn is 5-0 in those contests.
* Holly Currie's sixth inning home run was her 17th this season, tying current Auburn assistant coach and former AU standout Ashley Moore's 17 in 2002 for the single-season AU record. It was also the first-ever Auburn home run in NCAA postseason play.
* Paige Jones' second inning single was her first hit since May 1 vs. Kentucky. She was 3-for-3 in that contest against the Wildcats to complete a career-high six-game hit streak.
* Senior catcher Sara Dean batted in the second spot in the AU lineup for just the second time this season, while cleanup hitter Sara Ghezzi was fourth in the order for the second time this season. By the same token, the FAMU matchup marked the second time Lolani Alvarez batted sixth in the AU batting order.
* Dean now has 27 stolen bases (nine this season). She has never recorded multiple stolen bases in a single game. * Robin Martin's RBI-bunt single in the second inning was her first hit since Feb. 27 against UAB at Stanford, Calif. She also had an RBI against the Blazers in that contest.
* Pitcher Beth DiPietro struck out four straight in the second and third innings. She struck out the final two batters of the second inning and first two of the third inning.
* DiPietro retired 15 straight batters after allowing a leadoff single in the first inning before allowing a walk to McMillan in the sixth. She had faced the minimum number of batters throughout the first 5 1/3 innings. The Riverview, Fla., native had a shutout through 5 2/3 innings. She improved to 11-1 at Jane B. Moore Field this season.
* Auburn is now 4-2 all-time against FAMU.
Florida A&M Notes
* This marks the ninth time FAMU has been eight-run ruled this season and the third time they have been mercy-ruled in six innings.
* FAMU has now given up double-digit runs in ten games this season. This is the fifth time this season that FAMU has lost by nine runs.
* This also marks the 12th time that the Lady Rattlers have committed four or more errors in a game in 2005.
* Junior Danielle Brown extended her hit-streak to eight games with a single in the bottom of the sixth.
* Center fielder Ashley Walker led-off the game with a single giving her a three-game hit streak.
* Sophomore Destiny Gordon made her first pitching appearance since FAMU faced Florida State on April 20.
* Florida A&M finished the 2005 season with a 37-33 record.
Auburn Quotes Head Coach Tina Deese "I think that we played well. Obviously, we hit the ball well, which is what we were hoping for because we have been flat lately. We had a great offensive effort. Paige Jones got the ball rolling for us and (pitcher) Beth DiPietro did a great job getting on the batters."
On the decision to throw DiPietro... "Beth throws well to left-handed batters and they have four in their line-up, so she was a natural choice for today. We are hoping to use this momentum on into tonight."
1B Paige Jones On her first hit that got the offense started... "We are a team that sticks close. If one of us starts hitting then the rest of us start up (offensively. It felt good to get us started today. Tonight against FSU, we are looking for redemption because we feel we didn't play our best against them yesterday."
DP Holly Currie On her home run... "I was 0-for today and I wanted to get the bat on the ball. And, that's what I did; put the bat on the ball."
Florida A&M Quotes Head Coach Veronica Wiggins "We didn't come with our A-game today. Last night we played well defensively but not offensively. Today we had neither. We have a young team and this is their first time to experience this level of play."
On pitching... "Our pitching wasn't on today. Our number one and number two pitchers didn't hit their spots. And when your pitchers aren't on your defense realizes it."
On continuing to play aggressively... "We kept fighting even though we were behind because you never know what can happen. That's something that will be taken to next year. We continued to fight and battle to the end."
-- Courtesy Auburn