Feb. 16, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - The Auburn softball continued their strong play in the Tiger Invitational, winning twice Saturday to improve to 4-0 on the season. Due to predicted rain for Sunday, all game times for Sunday have been moved up.
Auburn will play Furman at Noon Evansville will play Marshall in the first game at 8 a.m. and Gardner-Webb will play McNeese State at 10:30 a.m. Auburn defeated Gardner-Webb 2-1 in the 10 a.m. game Saturday. The Tigers followed that with a 7-2 victory over Marshall in the 3 p.m. game.
"I'm proud of the way our team competed today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We battled back from some adversity in the first game and found a way to win. That shows character. I think we are playing hard and we need to continue doing that."
In game one, sophomore Alicia Hunolt's sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning scored the game-winning run as the Tigers held off Gardner-Webb 2-1 in morning action at the Tiger Invitational. Gardner-Webb dropped to 2-1 with the loss.
Myesha Finney began the sixth inning by reaching on a fielding error by the third baseman. Another Bulldogs error moved Finney to second on a fielder's choice by Kyndall White. Taryn Gray's single loaded the bases and set up Hunolt's game-winning RBI. Anna Thompson (2-0) threw 3.2 innings in relief of starter Lauren Schmalz to earn her second victory of the season. Thompson fanned nine of the 15 batters she faced and did not allow a walk. In her first career start, Schmalz went 3.1 innings giving up three hits and no runs.
She struck out three and walked one.
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Tatiana Fernandez doubled off the wall in left with two outs and scored on a triple to right by Finney. It was Finney's second triple in as many days.
Gardner-Webb tied the game in the fifth. With two outs, Lindsay Cox reached on an error. Meloday Harrell then hit an infield single that was misplayed allowing Cox to advance home and score the tying run.
Gardner-Webb would threaten in the bottom of the seventh trailing by a run. A single and a hit batter put runners on first and second with no outs. But, Thompson slammed the door on a potential rally by striking out the next three batters to end the game.
In game two, Auburn got home runs from Myesha Finney and Krista Clyde to cruise to a 7-2 victory over Marshall (5-5). Finney hit a two-run blast in the first inning and Clyde added a three-run shot in the second to stake Auburn to an early 5-0 lead. Sophomore Anna Thompson started and pitched a complete game in improving to 3-0 on the season. Thompson fanned eight while allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk.