Feb. 9, 2007
Tyleen Tausaga's two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh gave Hawaii a 2-1 victory over the 24th-ranked Auburn softball team Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
The home run sailed over the right field fence, and drove in Kaulana Gould, who had reached a batter earlier on a walk. The home run came off Auburn starter Anna Thompson, who worked six innings, and tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts. The round-tripper was just the second hit of the game off Thompson, who retired the first 14 batters before allowing a runner to reach base on an error.
Thompson fell to 0-2 on the season.
The Tigers managed five hits against Hawaii starter Justine Smethurst. Auburn scored its only run of the game in the first when Holly Currie drove a double to the right-center field fence, scoring Lindsey Harrelson from first. Harrelson had walked to begin the inning.
The loss sent the Tigers to 1-3 on the season. Auburn won its first game of the year earlier Friday against Portland State, taking a 2-0 victory over the Vikings.
Auburn is guaranteed of playing in the first game of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Hawaii Paradise Classic tournament bracket on Saturday at 12 p.m. Hawaii Time (4 p.m. CT). The game pits the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds. The team's opponent will not be decided until after the Hawaii-DePaul game, which started approximately 30 minutes after the Tigers took on the Rainbow Wahine.
Watch live stats for the Tigers' game Saturday on www.auburntigers.com.
Tiger Notes: Auburn wore its blue uniforms for the second straight game ... Auburn starter Anna Thompson struck out the side on 14 pitches in the first inning ... Thompson repeated the feat in the third, this time in 15 pitches ... The Tigers and Rainbow Wahine met for the first time since 2001 ...On Feb. 15 of that year, Auburn won, 3-2, but then dropped a 5-0 contest to Hawaii two days later ... Both games took place in Honolulu.