March 20, 2010
Baton Rouge, La. -
The Auburn softball team was unable to complete a seventh-inning rally and lost game two 4-3 as the 14th-ranked LSU Tigers swept a softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon. LSU won game one 7-0.
Auburn dropped to 16-11 overall and 2-5 in the Southeastern Conference with the pair of losses. LSU improved to 25-4 overall and 7-0 in SEC play. The teams conclude the series with a single game at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.
In game one, the Tigers trailed 4-0 going into the top of the seventh inning but began a rally with Krista Clyde's leadoff single. Clyde stole second and appeared to be stranded on base after two outs were recorded. But, Lindsey Harrelson singled through the left side to plate Clyde and make it a 4-1 game.
Caitlin Stangl and Kelley Smiley were each hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases. Amber Harrison followed with a two-RBI hit that was ruled an error to make it a 4-3 game. Harrison advanced to second on the play, but LSU ended the rally with a ground out to first for the final 4-3 win.
Auburn starter Anna Thompson took the loss to fall to 7-5. Thompson allowed four runs, three earned, on six in 3.1 innings of work. Thompson walked one and struck out three. Holly Ragsdale relieved Thompson in the fourth and tossed the next 2.2 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one.
Brittany Mack started and earned the win to improve to 6-2. Mack went 6.2 innings, allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Rachele Fico earned her third save, notching the last out of the game.
LSU jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning. Ashley Applegate reached on a one-out double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Rachel Mitchell brought Applegate home with a sacrifice fly to left to give LSU a 1-0 lead.
An Auburn error opened the door for LSU to increase its lead in the second inning. A one-out double by Allison Falcon was followed by a wild pitch that moved her to third. Jessica Mouse then put down a bunt single, but second baseman Kelley Smiley covering first dropped the first which allowed Falcon to score and give LSU a 2-0 lead.
LSU increased its lead in the fourth inning. Falcon was hit by a pitch to open the frame and reached second safely on a fielder's choice bunt by Mouse. After a strikeout, Kirsten Shortridge singled up the middle to score Falcon and make it a 3-0 lead for LSU. Applegate followed with hard single past second to score Mouse and push the AU deficit to 4-0 before Auburn's last-chance rally.
In game one, Cody Trahan tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout to lead No. 14 LSU to a 7-0 win. Trahan (8-0) went 7.0 innings, striking out six and walking only two.
Jenee Loree (2-1) started and took the loss for Auburn. Loree went 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Holly Ragsdale relieved Loree with two outs in the sixth and recorded the final out without allowing a base runner.
LSU got things going in the bottom of the second inning. Juliana Santos was hit by the first pitch of the inning and moved to second when Courtney Hollier followed with a hard single to center.
Morgan Russell then put down a sacrifice bunt, which catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold fielded cleanly but threw wide of first allowing Russell to reach and Santos to score from second for a 1-0 LSU lead. After a strikeout, Jessica Mouse gave LSU a 2-0 edge with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Hollier from third.
Trahan was in control from the start for LSU. After giving up a single to Caitlin Stangl to start the game, Trahan retired the next seven Auburn hitters. Auburn would not get its next hit off Trahan until a two-out single from Krista Clyde in the fifth inning. An infield single off the bat of Kelley Smiley was Auburn's last hit for the game, with that coming with one out in the sixth inning.
LSU added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Singles by Falcon and Kirsten Shortridge put two on with one out for Ashley Applegate, who singled through the right side to score Falcon and give LSU a 3-0 lead. Rachel Mitchell followed with a sacrifice fly to left that score Shortridge and give LSU a 4-0 cushion.
Still in the sixth, LSU took advantage of three consecutive walks, the last forcing a run home, to push the lead to 5-0. A bases-loaded double by Russell drove in two runs and gave LSU the final 7-0 margin.