TSU softball looks forward to rematch with Auburn

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Troy State faces in-state rival Auburn in a single game today at the Troy Sportsplex. First pitch is at 2 p.m.

Last season, Auburn walked away with a 8-0 victory over the Lady Trojans.

"We didn’t play very well at their place last year," according to Davis. "We are really looking forward to playing Auburn at our place this year. We feel like we have something to prove and erase last year’s loss."

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Auburn enters the contest with a 17-9 record. The Tigers are led Ashley Moore and Mary Petrie. Moore is batting .400 and has five home runs and 22 runs batted in. Petrie is batting .427 with four home runs and 14 runs batted in. Jaime Rasmussen is the ace of the staff, with a 5-4 record and a 0.88 ERA.

"They have some really good hitters," commented Davis. "We just have to make sure that we don’t make any mistakes because they will take advantage of them."

The Lady Trojans have won 10 of their last 13 entering the three game homestand. They won six of eight this past weekend at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. "We played really well during the tournament," according to Davis, whose team is 19-6 on the season. "Our offense really came alive and our pitching is starting to come around also."

Renie Mitchell and Bridget McInnes are the catalysts for the offense. Mitchell leads the team in batting average, hitting .455 with two home runs and 12 RBI. McInnes, who was named to the Trans America Athletic Conference preseason all-conference team, leads the team in home runs with four, while hitting .309 and driving in 15 runs. Kim Unkenholz is the anchor of the staff with an 8-1 record and a 0.23 ERA. She struck out 41 batters in 61 innings pitched.

"Renie and Bridget are playing really well right now," said Davis. "As seniors they are the leaders on this team and have played accordingly. Kim has really done a great job on the mound, allowing just four runs on the season. It is fun to watch them play right now."

The Auburn game can be heard on the radio on WTBF, 94.7, with the "Voice of the Trojans", Ralph Black, doing the play-by-play.

It can also be heard on LiveOnTheNet.com.