Feb. 8, 2007
Freshman Anna Thompson struck out 11 in her first career start, but No. 15 Nebraska scored the only run it needed in the eighth for a 1-0 win over the 24th-ranked Auburn softball team Thursday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Thompson, a Huntsville, Ala., native threw all eight innings of the extra inning affair. But the Cornhuskers won while utilizing the international softball tiebreaker. In extra innings during non-conference games, a runner is placed at second base to start the inning. Nebraska moved its runner to third with two outs, then drove in the winning run on a bunt by Meghan Mullin.
"Anna threw a great game," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "She moved the ball well and kept their hitters off balance. That was a great first game for her to start."
Thompson limited the Cornhuskers to five hits and one run - unearned - while walking two. She fell to 0-1 this season.
Nebraska starter Ashley DeBuhr no-hit the Tigers through 5 1/3 innings, finally giving up a 2-2 single to sophomore Taryn Gray that was nearly caught by a diving Crystal Gonzalez in center field. Gray, however, was stranded at second base as the sixth inning ended with no score.
DeBuhr improved to 1-0 after limiting the Tigers to two hits. She walked three and struck out six.
The Tigers dropped to 0-2 this season. Auburn fell to DePaul, 7-0, in the team's first game of the day.
Auburn continues play in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Hawaii Paradise Classic on Friday. The Tigers play Portland State at 12 p.m. Hawaii Time (4 p.m. CT), before taking on tournament-host Hawaii at 4 p.m. (8 p.m. CT). Visit www.auburntigers.com for live stats and full Auburn coverage.
Tiger Notes: Auburn wore white uniforms for the game against Nebraska, much as the Tigers did in their first game of the day against DePaul ... The game marked the first meeting between the Tigers and Cornhuskers since Feb. 27, 1998 when Nebraska defeated Auburn, 6-3, in Columbus, Ga. ... Auburn starter Anna Thompson battled Nebraska first baseman Crystal Carwile to a seven-pitch at bat in the third ... Carwile flew out to center fielder Lauren Walton near the fence on a 2-2 pitch.