Feb. 28, 2010
Columbus, Ga. - In a game that featured a combined 27 strikeouts by Auburn and NC State pitchers, the Tigers were able to rally for a 2-1 victory over the Wolfpack in softball action Sunday afternoon.
Auburn's record moved to 9-6 with the win. NC State dropped to 9-7. The Tigers return to action Tuesday, March 2, when they host No. 4 Michigan at Jane B. Moore Field. First pitch between the Tigers and Wolverines is slated for 6 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on the internet at www.auburntigers.com and on locally in Auburn on WZMG 910 AM.
Anna Thompson (4-4) relieved starter Jenee Loree in third inning to earn the win. Thompson pitched the final 4.2 innings. Thompson did not allow a hit, allowing just one hitter to reach base via a walk. The Huntsville, Ala., native fanned 10. For the tournament, Thompson pitched 18.1 innings, allowed four hits, struck out 42 hitters, walked four and posted a 0.38 ERA and held opponents to a .069 batting average.
Lindsay Campana (6-2) took the loss after throwing a complete game. Campana struck out 14 in the game, allowed two runs, both earned, on four hits and walked two.
The Wolfpack wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Alyssa Ishibashi blasted a leadoff home run to left-center in the bottom of the first inning. It was Ishibashi's first home run of the season and gave NC State a 1-0 lead.
Loree ran into trouble in the third inning. After retiring the first hitter of the inning, Loree gave up a single down the left field line to Landon Warren. Alyssa Allbritten followed with a ground ball to Lauren Guzman at short. Guzman fired wide to second, going for the force on Warren. The error allowed Warren to move to third and chased Loree from the game.
Thompson entered the game and, after pinch-runner Krystal Hawkins stole second, got Stephanie Call to strike out swinging for the second out of the inning. Thompson halted the scoring threat with a called third strike on Kristine Bechtholdt.
Campana held the Tigers to one hit through five innings with eight strikeouts. But in the sixth inning the Tigers got consecutive singles from Kelley Smiley and Caitlin Stangl to open the inning to put two on with no outs.
Smiley then stole third with Stangl advancing to second on the throw. Harrison then tied the game with a ground ball that Ishibashi booted at second base. Smiley scored on the play and Stangl moved to third.
Another Wolfpack error gave the Tigers the lead. Shortstop Breanna Andrews misplayed a ground ball off the bat of Kelsey Cartwright and Stangl scored to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
North Carolina State would never threaten over the final two innings. A leadoff walk in the sixth inning was quickly erased by Thompson with a double-play and she retired the side in order in the seventh to seal the win for the Tigers.