March 21, 2012
Troy, Ala. - The Troy Trojans took advantage of two Auburn errors to score five runs in the second inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the No. 21 Tigers' softball team Wednesday night.
Auburn dropped to 23-7 overall, while Troy improved to 19-7. The Tigers return home to host the Kentucky Wildcats in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. CT at Jane B. Moore Field.
"We made a lot of mistakes tonight and Troy capitalized on them," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "You have to give Troy credit, they came out ready to play and they took it to us tonight."
Jenee Loree started and took the loss to fall to 8-3. Loree allowed four runs, one earned, on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts in one and one-third innings. Angel Bunner relieved Loree in the second inning and pitched two and two-third innings allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Ashley Rainey started and earned the complete-game win for Troy to improve to 9-3. Rainey allowed one run, earned, on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Troy put a five-spot up in the bottom of the second inning. Michelle Hewett led off with a triple to center and came in to score when Sarah Shields followed with a single to left. Shields took second on the play when Baylee Stephens booted the ball while attempting to scoop it up in left field.
After Madison Rich was put in to run for Shields, a sac bunt moved her to third. That was followed by a single from Rainey to center that scored Rich for a 2-0 lead for Troy. Sarah Harris followed with a fly ball to right that Amber Harrison missed, allowing Harris to reach on an error and put Rainey at second.
Bunner relieved Loree after the error on Harris' fly ball and Bunner quickly picked up the second out with a swinging strikeout of Hannah Renn. Kelly Luquette made it a 3-0 game with an infield single that took a high bounce off a charging Lauren Guzman at shortstop. Harris scored on the play for Troy. With two on and two outs, Nikki Hollett laced a double to center that scored both runners to make a 5-0 game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Harris reached on a single to center and took third on a double to the gap in right-center by Renn. Luquette followed with a sac fly to right that plated Harris to make it a 6-0 game. Renn took third on the play and came in to score on a one-out single by Hollett to give Troy a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers broke the shutout bid in the top of the sixth inning. Stephens led off with a double to center and moved to third on a ground out by Branndi Melero. With two outs, Caitlin Jordan laced a double to right to score Stephens for the final 7-1 margin.