March 6, 2010
Auburn, Ala. -
Auburn's Lauren Guzman hit her first career home run and Elizabeth Eisterhold tied a career high with three RBI as the Tigers defeated Gardner-Webb 8-0 in softball Saturday at the War Eagle Classic.
Auburn improved to 12-6 and will next play the final game of the War Eagle Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday against Valparaiso. Gardner-Webb fell to 7-6 with the loss.
The Tigers recorded season highs in runs and hits in run-ruling Gardner-Webb in five innings. Jenee Loree (2-1) started and took the win for Auburn, holding Gardner-Webb to one hit in 5.0 IP. Loree walked one and struck out five.
Christine Murray (3-4) took the loss after giving up five runs, four
earned, on six hits in 3.1 IP.
Auburn wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Kelley Smiley led off with a crisp single to left and moved to second on a sac bunt by Caitlin Stangl.
A wild pitch moved Smiley to third and Amber Harrison brought her home with a deep sacrifice fly to right for the first run of the game.
Lauren Guzman gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a two-out solo home run to left in the bottom of the second inning. It was Guzman's first career home run and the seventh by the Tigers this season.
Harrison picked up her second RBI of the game with a line drive single to right that plated Stangl for a 3-0 Auburn lead in the third inning. Stangl doubled to left-center with two outs in the inning and moved to third on a passed ball to set up Harrison's 20th RBI of the season.
Auburn increased its lead on the big fly again when catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold drilled her first home run of the season over the wall in left for a 4-0 Auburn lead. It came in the bottom of the fourth and sparked a two-run rally.
Guzman followed with a one-out single and moved to second on an errant throw to first. Katie Colton
then laced a single through the left side to score Guzman for a 5-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Tigers got a two-run single from Eisterhold to push the lead to 7-0. Harrison and Kelsey Cartwright scored on the play. After a single by pinch-hitter Caitlin Schultze and a walk to Guzman loaded the bases, Colton walked on four pitches to force Eisterhold home and end the game at 8-0.