March 18, 2007
Myesha Finney's two-out, run-scoring single capped a two-run third and proved to be the game winner as the Auburn softball team took the final game of a three-game series over Ole Miss, 3-1, Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field.
Finney drove a pitch from Ole Miss starter Becky Nye to the right field gap, bringing in Taryn Gray from third, giving the Tigers the lead for good.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Tigers after Ole Miss won both games of a doubleheader Saturday.
"That was a great way to end the series," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "It was a key win as we look forward to Mississippi State and Arkansas next week. We played a balanced game today, which was key against a surging Ole Miss team."
The Rebels (12-17 overall, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) took an early lead, 1-0, after Lauren Grill drove in Emily Sarver with a one-out double down the left field line in the top half of the third.
The Tigers (14-17, 3-5) took advantage of a key Ole Miss error and Finney's two-out single in the third to take the lead. Lindsey Harrelson, who was 2 for 2 with three stolen bases in the win, started the inning with a walk. She stole second and moved to third on a successful Brittany Scott sacrifice bunt.
Gray, the next batter, hit a grounder to Ole Miss' Lisa Conchos, who threw home in an attempt to get Harrelson. But the ball got past catcher Amber Tramp, giving the Tigers their first run. Gray moved to second on the error, then went to third on a wild pitch, eventually scoring on Finney's single.
Auburn added an insurance run in the fourth off Nye. Ashley Arcuri doubled for the sixth time this season, and moved to second on a ground out by Sara Ghezzi. Krista Klein placed a perfect bunt down the third base line on a squeeze, enabling Arcuri to score from third.
The Tigers finished with six stolen bases in the win, including Harrelson's three, which tied an Auburn single-game record, last accomplished by Shannon Anderson in 2004. Gray also had two stolen bases.
Brittany Day started and worked three innings for the Tigers. She scattered four hits and one run while walking two but did not figure in the decision.
Holly Currie relieved Day in the fourth and gave up just one hit to improve to 6-8 this season. She struck out three and walked one.
Nye gave up four hits and three runs in four innings to drop to 0-10 this season.
Auburn takes the week off from play before traveling to Starkville, Miss., for a three-game series with Mississippi State March 24-25.
Tiger Notes: Brittany Day started consecutive games for the first time in her career ... Day also worked 2 1/3 innings in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader ... Day entered the series having started just three games this season ... Ashley Arcuri came out of the series with Ole Miss batting .550 (11 for 20) with four doubles in eight SEC games this season ... Auburn improved to 24-13 all-time against Ole Miss.