Feb. 20, 2011
Auburn, Ala. - Caitlin Schultze, Lauren Guzman and Elizabeth Eisterhold each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Auburn softball team to a 7-2 victory over Western Carolina in the final game of the Tiger Invitational. Auburn completed the tournament as the only unbeaten team, going 4-0.
Auburn improved to 9-0 on the season, while Western Carolina fell to 7-3. The Tigers return to play Wednesday, Feb. 23, against Georgia State. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field.
"This was a good weekend for us," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We had some players step up for us this weekend like Caitlin Schultze and Maris Medina, so that was really encouraging to see. I was really pleased with the way our pitchers performed over the weekend. This was a good step."
Angel Bunner improved to 3-0 after pitching the final five innings in relief. Bunner allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Jenee Loree started for the Tigers and pitched two complete innings before giving way to Bunner. Loree allowed just one hit with five strikeouts.
Katie King (3-3) took the loss after giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits with one strikeout.
Auburn jumped on the board in the top of the first inning. Guzman singled to center with one out and quickly stole second to move into scoring position. With two outs, Eisterhold doubled to left to bring Guzman home and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers extended the lead in the third inning. Katie Colton reached on a bunt single to open the frame and moved to second on a sac bunt by Kelley Smiley. Guzman followed with a double to the gap in left-center to bring Colton home and push the Auburn lead to 2-0.
With two outs in the third, Eisterhold doubled off the wall in center to bring Guzman home and extend the Tigers' lead to 3-0.
The lead went to 4-0 in the sixth inning when Guzman drove in her second run of the day. Smiley singled and moved to second on a fielding error by the left fielder on the play. Guzman then followed with a single to right that scored Smiley for a four-run lead.
Western Carolina sliced into the Auburn lead in the bottom half of the sixth. Haley Pace doubled to open the frame and was followed by Jordan Fulton who walked. With one out, Pace stole third and on the throw to the bag, Fulton sneaked into second base. Morgan Wyatt then drilled a single to center that scored both runners to make it a 4-2 game. Bunner ended the rally by retiring the final two batters.
The Tigers responded in the top of the seventh. With one out, Harrison singled through the right side and was followed by Kyndall White who tripled to right-center, scoring Harrison for a 5-2 lead. Caitlin Schultze followed with a home run to left to make it a 7-2 game. It was Schultze's first career home run and her first hit of the season.
After allowing a pair of runs in the sixth, Bunner retired the side in order to close out the victory in the seventh inning.