March 3, 2009
Auburn, Ala. - The Mercer Bears held on for an extra-inning win in game one and carried the momentum to a game two win to sweep the Auburn softball team in a double-header Tuesday night at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn dropped to 17-6 overall with the losses, while Mercer improved to 13-6. Auburn returns to action this weekend when it hosts Ole Miss in a three-game series. The Tigers play twice Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.
Jenni Holtz (7-3) earned the win in game two, throwing a complete-game shutout as Mercer won 1-0. Holtz scattered five hits, walked three and struck out nine.
Anna Thompson (10-4) took the loss despite giving up just one run, earned, on two hits with six strikeouts and no walks in 4.1 innings of work. Jenee Loree threw the final 2.2 innings for Auburn, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
Stacey Condra gave Mercer a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to lead off the top of the second inning. It was Condra's first home run of the season.
That would end the scoring as Holtz never allowed the Tigers to push a run across. The Tigers left 10 runners on base for the game, including getting the leadoff hitter on three times.
In game one, after rallying from a five-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers were unable to finish the comeback as Mercer won 7-6 in nine innings.
Anna Thompson took the loss to drop to 10-3 on the season. Thompson was the third Auburn pitcher of the game. Holly Ragsdale came on in relief of starter Jenee Loree, and pitched 4.2 innings, allowing just one hit, two walks and striking out three. Loree gave up six runs, all earned, on five hits in 2.1 IP.
Jenni Holtz earned the win to move to 6-3. Holtz threw the final 2.2 innings, allowing one hit, issuing five walks and striking out three. After a scoreless first inning, Mercer put three runs up in the second inning when Page Raynor hit a three-run home run to left-center. The blast came with Sara Stukes (walk) and Jena Ellis (walk) aboard.
Mercer added to its lead in the third inning. Holly Oglesbee doubled to open the inning and scored on Emi Sherrill's single for a 4-0 Mercer lead. Stukes then followed with a bloop single to right that scored Jenny Goodman (single) to push the lead to 5-0.
Still in the third, after hitting a batter to load the bases, Loree was lifted for Ragsdale walked who Cassy Neilson on five pitches to force Sherrill home and give Mercer a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Megan Mitchell doubled off the wall in left to open the frame and moved to third on Myesha Finney's single up the middle. Lauren Guzman then hit a ground ball that first baseman Page Raynor booted, allowing Mitchell to score from third. The run made it a 6-1 game.
In the seventh, the Tigers mounted a rally. With one out, Amber Harrison tripled to right-center. Mitchell walked and Finney was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Guzman drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to force Harrison home and make it a 6-2 game.
Kyndall White followed with a base up off the pitcher's glove that scored Mitchell and cut the deficit to 6-3. The Tigers then made it a 6-4 game when Elizabeth Eisterhold drew a walk on five pitches to force Finney home. It was the third walk of the inning for the Tigers.
Still with one out, Fernandez laced a double off the wall in center to score Guzman and White and tie the game at 6-6.
In the top of the ninth, Mercer took a 7-6 lead when Amanda Santa Maria hit a line drive single up the middle that scored pinch-runner Ashlei Alig from third.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers put runners at first and second with one out. But, a line drive off the bat of Morgan Murphy was dropped by the left fielder Holly Oglesbee who quickly recovered and threw to first to force Katie Colton out who held up on the play. Aurora Salter broke for home on the play and was out on a rundown to end the game.