Feb. 14, 2010
Tempe, Ariz. -
Amber Harrison's first career grand slam propelled the Auburn softball team to 7-0 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in the final game of the Kajikawa Classic Sunday afternoon.
Auburn improved to 3-2 with the win, while Wisconsin moved to 0-6. Auburn returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 17, with a game against Georgia State in Panthersville, Ga. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. CT.
"It's a good feeling to close the tournament with three straight wins," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Amber got the big hit for us and Jenee did a good job keeping their hitters off balance."
Jenee Loree (1-1) earned the win for Auburn. Loree started and went 5.0 innings without allowing a run. Loree scattered four hits and struck out four.
Letty Olivarez (0-5) took the loss for Wisconsin after giving up seven runs, three earned, on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
The Badgers threatened in the top of the first inning when Whitney Massey reached on a leadoff bloop single and moved to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Shannel Blackshear singled to left and Massey rounded for home.
Auburn left fielder Lindsey Harrelson, however, threw home online and catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold put the tag on Massey to prevent the run from scoring and end the inning.
The Tigers broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of third, taking advantage of a Wisconsin error. With two outs, Krista Clyde reached when second baseman Katie Soderberg failed to make the catch on the throw from third.
Caitlin Stangl and Kelsey Cartwright each walked to load the bases. Harrison then took a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. It was Harrison's first home run of the season and first career grand slam.
Auburn took advantage of a pair of Wisconsin miscues to add to its lead in the fifth inning. Clyde was hit by a pitch to open the frame and then stole second. A walk to Stangl and Harrison loaded the bases with one out.
Olivarez then tossed a pair of wild pitches that plated Clyde and Stangl to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Harrison moved to third on the second wild pitch and came in to score on Kyndall White's single up the middle which made it 7-0.
The Badgers threatened in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs but reliever Lauren Schmalz retired the next three Wisconsin hitters to prevent a run from scoring and secure the 7-0 win.