Feb. 18, 2011
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team got a pair of strong, complete-game pitching efforts from Jenee Loree and Angel Bunner to lead the Tigers to a pair of wins Friday in the first day of the Tiger Invitational.
Auburn (7-0) defeated Southern Miss (3-4) 3-0 and Campbell (5-3) 3-1. The Tigers will next play Western Illinois at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
"I'm very proud of the way Jenee and Angel pitched today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "To only give up two walks today is impressive. Offensively, we were able to get the job done."
In game one for Auburn, Jenee Loree tossed a one-hit shutout as the Tigers defeated Southern Miss 3-0. Loree did not issue a walk and fanned seven as she improved to 2-0 this season.
Beth Dietrich (1-2) took the loss for Southern Miss, allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work.
Morgan Estell put the Tigers on the board with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. Kelley Smiley singled after the first two batters of the inning were retired and moved to second when Amber Harrison drew a walk. Estell followed with a chopper up the middle that plated Smiley for 1-0 Auburn lead.
The Tigers used another two-out rally to extend their lead in the fifth inning. After a two-out single by Smiley, Harrison doubled off the wall in left-center to plate Smiley and push the lead to 2-0. Estell followed with a double to right-center that scored Harrison and gave Auburn a 3-0 lead.
Southern Miss got its first hit of the game with one out in the sixth inning. Taylor Brown lofted a fly ball to center that fell just in front of a diving Estell for a single. Brown would move to second on a ground out, but would not advance further as Loree fanned Stephanie Shiftlet to end the inning.
That would be the last Golden Eagle to reach base as Loree retired Southern Miss in order in the seventh to seal the AU victory.
In game two, the Tigers rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to overcome a one run deficit and pitcher Angel Bunner tossed a complete-game two-hitter as Auburn defeated Campbell 3-1.
Bunner improved to 2-0 after allowing one run, earned, on a pair of hits with two walks and six strikeouts. It was Bunner's second complete game of the season.
Brittany Arnn fell to 2-1 after allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work.
Campbell took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Katie Hinton walked to open the frame and then stole second. With one out, Amanda Miller laced a single to center and Hinton raced home to give the Fighting Camels the lead.
The Tigers answered the Fighting Camels in the top of the fifth inning. Kyndall White, who made a diving catch into the Auburn dugout to end the bottom of the fourth, singled through the right side to open the fifth inning. A fielding error by Campbell's third baseman allowed Morgan Murphy to reach and White to move to second.
Caitlin Stangl ran for Murphy. Katie Colton put down a bunt that Shaela Churchill fielded and fired to third attempting to get White. The throw was late and the bases were loaded. Kelley Smiley then tied the game with a sac fly to left that brought White home and Lauren Guzman followed with a bunt single that scored Stangl on the squeeze for a 2-1 Auburn lead. Morgan Estell followed with a ground out to short that plated Colton and gave the Tigers a 3-1 edge.
Despite allowing two base runners to reach in the seventh inning via a single and walk, Bunner shut Campbell at bay to preserve the victory.