Finney's Ninth Inning Home Run Gives Tigers 3-2 Win Over Troy


Feb. 17, 2009

Troy, Ala. - Myesha Finney's solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth lifted the Auburn softball team to a 3-2 victory over Troy Tuesday night.

Auburn improved to 11-1 with the victory, while Troy fell to 7-3. The Tigers return to action this weekend, hosting the War Eagle Classic. Auburn plays Winthrop in the first game, at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Anna Thompson earned the win in relief to move to 6-1. Thompson threw 4.2 innings, allowing just one hit, with one walk and 10 strikeouts.

Ashlyn Williams took the loss to fall to 6-2. Williams threw 9.0 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits with 13 strikeouts and five walks.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to an error on the Troy second baseman, Hillary Hughes.

Myesha Finney began the game getting hit by a pitch and Katie Colton reached on a bunt single to put runners at first and second. Kyndall White drew a walk to load the bases. With one out, Tatiana Fernandez lined out to Hughes, who threw wild to first attempting to throw out White.

The ball sailed into the dugout, allowing Finney and Colton to score.

Hughes atoned for the error in the bottom of the first, helping Troy get on the scoreboard. Hughes led off the inning with a double to center and came around to score on a single to right by Heidi Johnson, making it a 2-1 Auburn lead.

Troy rallied in the bottom of the third. Hughes singled, moved to second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a one-out single by Johnson. A wild pitch from Loree brought Hughes home to even the game at 2-2.

After giving up a one-out single to Hayden Gann in the bottom of the fifth, Loree was lifted for Thompson. A wild pitch moved Kenney to second. But Thompson fanned the next two batters to end the inning with the go-ahead run stranded at second base.



In the top of the seventh, Taryn Gray singled to open the frame and moved to second on Finney's sac bunt. Williams fanned Colton and White to work out of the jam and end the Tigers' scoring threat.

In the top of the ninth, Finney's one-out solo shot was her fourth of the year and the 10th of her career. The win also marked the third consecutive game the Tigers have won in their last at-bat.