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Softball Sweeps Two Games At Tiger Invitational
Branndi Melero drove in six runs in two games for the Tigers Friday.

Feb. 10, 2012

Auburn, Ala. - Elizabeth Eisterhold hit three home runs and drovein five runs to lead the Auburn softball team to a pair of wins in Friday's action at the Tiger Invitational. Auburn defeated Wright State 12-4 and Bowling Green 10-2.

The Tigers will play Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and then play the final game Sunday against Appalachian State at 2 p.m.

"We are very capable of being an explosive offense and today was one of those days for us," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Eisterhold delivered three big home runs and it seemed like everyone was really driving the ball well today. Hopefully we keep that going."

In game two of the day, the Tigers put up three runs in the first inning to cruise to a 10-2 win over Bowling Green. Auburn pitcher Jenee Loree (1-0) allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with one walk in five innings of work to earn the victory.

Jamie Kertes (1-1) started and took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on four hits in one inning of work.

Branndi Melero gave Auburn a 1-0 lead when her hard-hit ground ball bounced off second baseman Andrea Arney's glove, allowing Morgan Estell to score from second. Estell led off the game with double to left. Elizabeth Eisterhold then made it a 3-0 game with her third home run of the day.

Auburn increased its lead in the second. Caitlin Schultze walked and took second and advanced to third when shortstop Hannah Fulk threw wildly to second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Morgan Murphy. After Murphy stole second, Brooke Lathan singled through the right side to plate Schultze and give the Tigers a 4-0 edge.



Melero followed with a triple off the wall in right, scoring both runners and pushing the Auburn lead to 6-0. Lauren Guzman brought Melero home on a squeeze bunt single to make it a 7-0 game. Still in the second, Caitlin Jordan delivered a double to center to score Guzman and give the Tigers an 8-0 advantage. After Amber Harrison was hit by a pitch, pinch-hitter Maris Medina singled up the middle to plate Jordan and make it a 9-0 lead for the Tigers.

Guzman gave Auburn a 10-0 lead in the top of the third. With one out and Lathan at third (single) and Estell at second (HBP), Guzman dropped a bunt. Lathan was thrown out at home. With second uncovered, Guzman took the base and on the relay to second cut by the shortstop, Estell raced home for the Tigers' 10th run of the game.

Bowling Green got on the scoreboard on Fulk's two-run home run in the bottom of the third. Melissa West reached on a fielding error by Medina at third and was followed by Fulk's blast over the wall in left that made it 10-2.

The Tigers would hold the eight-run lead and end the game in the fifth on the mercy rule.

In game one, Elizabeth Eisterhold hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs while freshman Branndi Melero added three RBI as the Tigers cruised to a 12-4 win over Wright State.

Angel Bunner (1-0) started and took the win, allowing four runs, all earned, on five hits with three walks in six innings of work.

Krystian DeWitt (0-2) took the loss allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, in five and two-thirds innings with six walks.

Wright State took the early lead, pushing across three runs in the top of the first inning. Kristi Boreing drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a double to center by Chelsea Archer. Lindsay Barrett followed with a ground ball to Brooke Lathan at second, who threw home but was unable to get the out on Boreing which gave Wright State a 1-0 lead.

With two outs and Archer at third and Barrett at second after advancing on catcher's indifference, Michelle Baker laced a 2-2 pitch off the wall in left for a two-run double giving the Raiders a 3-0 edge.

The Tigers cut into the deficit in the bottom of the first inning when Lauren Guzman doubled home Morgan Estell to make it a 3-1 game. Estell drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single by Branndi Melero. Guzman then delivered the double to left scoring Estell, but Melero and Guzman were each picked off over running the bases on the play.

Auburn rallied in the second inning. Caitlin Jordan reached on a leadoff single and was lifted for pinch-runner Maris Medina. Amber Harrison drew a walk to move Medina to second. A sac bunt by Hilary Mavromat moved the runners to third and second. Caitlin Schultze drew a walk to load the bases and Brooke Lathan followed with a single to shallow center to plate Medina to make it a 3-2 game.

Estell tied the game with a single to left that pushed Harrison home and kept the bases loaded. Melero followed with a bases-clearing double to center that gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead.

Elizabeth Eisterhold gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The home run was the 23rd of Eisterhold's career, first of the season, and moved her into a tie for fifth-place in the Auburn career records.

Still in the fifth, a pair of one-out walks put Harrison and Mavromat at second and first. Schultze delivered a double to the wall in center to score Harrison to make it an 8-3 game.

Wright State made it an 8-4 game in the top of the sixth when Colleen Schneider delivered an RBI ground out to short that scored Jess Gorman.

The Tigers answered and ended the game in the bottom of the sixth when Eisterhold connected on her second home run of the game. Eisterhold delivered a two-run homer with Estell aboard to give the Tigers a 10-4 lead. The home run moved Eisterhold into sole possession of fifth place on the AU career home run list.

Caitlin Jordan made it an 11-4 game when she followed Eisterhold's blast with her first home run of the season. A pair of errors ended the game on the eight-run mercy rule. Kristyn Richards reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and came around from first to score when third baseman Kacie Rapshus threw wildly to first on a ground ball by Mavromat. Richard's run made the final 12-4.

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