Softball Tops Jacksonville State and Samford


Feb. 13, 2011

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Birmingham, Ala. - Auburn freshman Morgan Estell went a combined 5-for-7 with five runs, two RBI with a home run to help the Tigers defeat Jacksonville State and Samford on the final day of the All-Alabama Classic.

The Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season and will next play Feb. 17 against McNeese State in Auburn.

"Obviously we are pleased to go undefeated this weekend," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Morgan came up with the big home run against Jacksonville State and was right in the middle of things against Samford. It was good to see our senior Kyndall White get the home run to start us off against Samford too."

In the first game of the day, Auburn put up three runs in the top of the seventh to break a tie game and claim a 6-3 victory over Jacksonville State. The Tigers got a two-run home run from Morgan Estell, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs in the game, and a solo home run from Lauren Guzman in the seventh inning.

Lauren Schmalz (2-0) earned the win in relief. Schmalz struck out seven without allowing a batter to reach base in 5.0 IP. Jenee Loree started for the Tigers and went 2.0 innings allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits. Loree walked one and struck out three.

The Tigers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Amber Harrison put Auburn ahead with a two-run double to right-center in the top of the first inning. Harrison doubled home Estell and Kyndall White who both singled to reach base.

Jacksonville State cut the Auburn lead in half in the bottom of the first when Abbey Stepp cranked a two-out, solo home run over the wall in center to make it a 2-1 game.

The Gamecocks took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Sallie Beth Burch singled to open the frame and moved to second on a sac bunt. After Tess Echols walked, Loree's delivery to Hayden Crawford was wild allowing Burch to move to third and Echols to second. Loree was able to fan Crawford for the second out of the inning, but pinch-hitter Katie Machen laced a single to left that scored both runners to give JSU a 3-2 lead.

The lead was brief as Auburn used small ball to tie the game at 3-3. Estell doubled to open the inning and aggressively took third on a chopper back to the pitcher by White. With one out, Guzman launched a sacrifice fly to center that plated Estell to even the game.

With the score tied in the seventh the Tigers rallied. Katie Colton walked to open the inning and moved to second a passed ball. With one out, Estell drilled a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right to give Auburn a 5-3 lead. It was Estell's second home run of the season and her third hit of the day. One batter later, Guzman lofted a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for her first home run of the season and a 6-3 Auburn lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Schmalz retired the side in order to seal the victory for the Tigers.

Tiffany Harbin took the loss in relief for the Gamecocks. Harbin allowed three runs, all earned, on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 IP.

In the second game of the day, Auburn pitcher Angel Bunner tossed a complete-game two-hitter as the Tigers defeated Samford 5-0.

Bunner (1-0) struck out two and walked in earning her first win of the season. Bunner allowed a lead-off single in the second and a one-out single in the fourth for the only Samford hits of the day.

The Tigers again wasted no time pushing runs across as Kyndall White cranked a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was White's first home run of the season and it came with Morgan Estell aboard, who reached on a leadoff single.

Auburn pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second inning. Katie Colton walked to open the inning and moved to third after Kelley Smiley reached on an infield single and Estell walked to load the bases. White brought Colton home with a sac fly down the right field line to make it 3-0. Lauren Guzman followed with a double that scored Smiley for a 4-0 lead. Amber Harrison then made it 5-0 with a sac fly to center that plated Estell.

Robyn Harmon started and took the loss for Samford after going 1.0 innings and giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits.