Feb. 20, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team won a pair of games in the first day of the War Eagle Classic, highlighted by junior pitcher Anna Thompson's school-record 18 strikeout performance in a 4-0 victory over Middle Tennessee Friday night.
Auburn improved to 13-1 with the wins. The Tigers return to action Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against Austin Peay.
"Obviously, the job Anna did tonight was just phenomenal," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Our pitching has been good all year and tonight was no exception."
Against Middle Tennessee, Thompson set a school record with 18 strikeouts, eclipsing the previous high of 17 set by Kristen Keyes in 2004.
The first 14 outs of the game for Middle Tennessee were all strikeouts, with only two batters reaching base via an error and a walk. Thompson did not surrender a hit until a leadoff single by Brittany Banania in the bottom of the sixth inning.
It would be the only hit Thompson would allow. The Huntsville, Ala., native's final line for the night was 7.0 innings pitched, one hit, no runs, one walk, 18 strikeouts, 24 batters faced. The only non-strikeout outs of the night were a foul out in the fifth, a pop out to short in the sixth and pop out to second in the seventh. Thompson improved to 8-1 with the win.
Kyndall White got the Tigers on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. White walked to open the game, moved to second on a ground out and reached third on Tatiana Fernandez's ground ball that was booted by the pitcher.
With two outs, White broke for home on a delayed double steal. Fernandez drew a throw from the catcher, but was safe, and White broke on the throw to score easily and give Auburn a 1-0 lead.
Lauren Guzman followed with a single to center that scored Fernandez and pushed the Auburn lead to 2-0.
The Tigers added to their lead in the sixth inning. Elizabeth Eisterhold
, Fernandez and Guzman each singled to open the bottom half of the inning. Aurora Salter
ran for Eisterhold and scored on Guzman's single through the left side for a 3-0 Auburn lead.
With Fernandez at third, Guzman broke for second on a steal. Fernandez broke for home on the throw and scored to give Auburn the final 4-0 margin.
In game one, Elizabeth Eisterhold broke a scoreless game with a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 victory over Winthrop.
Anna Thompson improved to 7-1 after throwing 2.0 innings in relief of starter Jenee Loree. Thompson allowed just one hit with one walk and five strikeouts in earning the win.
Loree started and went 5.0 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five.
Cari Woolridge took the loss to fall to 1-3. Woolridge allowed one run, earned, on four hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts.
Eisterhold's home run was her second of the season and the second game-winning home run for the Owasso, Okla., native. Against Western Kentucky on Feb. 14, Eisterhold hit a one-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a walk-off 5-3 victory.