Tigers Drop Road Doubleheader To Mississippi State

Ashley Arcuri

March 24, 2007

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Auburn softball finished with 16 hits over two games, but dropped a doubleheader to Mississippi State, 3-1 and 4-1, Saturday at the MSU Softball Field.

The losses put Auburn at 14-19 overall and 3-7 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Bulldogs improved to 20-14 overall and 4-6 in SEC games.

In game one, the Tigers rapped out eight hits against two Mississippi State pitchers, but left 10 runners on base in a 3-1 loss.

Anna Thompson struck out 10 in six innings, but Mississippi State posted three unearned runs in the third for the win.

Courtney Bures began the inning's scoring, registering her 33rd RBI of the season when she dropped a single into right center, scoring Chelsea Bramlett, who began the inning by reaching on an error. Two batters later, and with the bases loaded, Jessie Bailey singled to left, bringing in two more runs for the 3-0 lead.

The Tigers rallied in the fifth off Mississippi State reliever Sara Hickerson. She walked Lindsey Harrelson with two outs and the bases loaded for Auburn's only run of the game, but got out of the jam with an inning-ending strikeout.

Ashley Arcuri extended her hit streak to a career-best five games with a 2-for-4 effort. Taryn Gray, starting in left field, also finished 2-for-4 in the loss. The 10 batters left on base by the Tigers in the loss was three off tying the season-high of 13, set in a 9-0 win over South Florida March 2 in Tampa, Fla.

"We got on base, but just couldn't push our runners across the plate," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Ten runners left on base, especially when you lose by two, is tough to look at."



Thompson took the loss and dropped to 8-9 this season. She scattered two hits while walking four.

Kelli Miller started and earned the win for the Bulldogs, improving to 8-5 this season. She worked 4 2/3 innings, striking out one while walking one. She gave up five Auburn hits.

In game two, the Bulldogs posted a three-run third for the second-straight game to win, 4-1.

Hayle Guess went deep to center off Holly Currie, who started her 15th game of the season. It came with the Bulldogs already up, 1-0, and helped pace Mississippi State to the doubleheader sweep.

The Tigers managed a run in the fifth. Krista Klein reached on a double to begin the inning and moved to third when Harrelson grounded out. She scored two batters later when Brittany Scott found the left field gap for her first career double.

Currie worked innings for the Tigers, allowing three runs and three hits. She dropped to 6-9 this season.

Auburn finished with eight hits, paced by Scott, who was 2 for 4. Arcuri, who was attempting to extend her hit streak to six games, went 0 for 4 in the loss.

Kelsey Nurnberg started for Mississippi State to improve to 6-2 this season. She worked seven innings. She did not strike out a Tiger nor issue a walk.

"You have to give Mississippi State credit," Deese said. "The Bulldogs played well and took advantage of situations when they needed to."

Auburn and Mississippi State conclude the three-game series with a single game Sunday that begins at 1 p.m. CT. Catch the game live on www.auburntigers.com or WZMG-AM (910).

Tiger Notes: Ashley Arcuri led off for the Tigers in both games for the first two times of her career ... Arcuri had never batted above the No. 5 slot in the order prior to the game ... Arcuri became the fifth different Tiger to bat in the leadoff spot this season ... Anna Thompson's 10 strikeouts in game one gave her 176 for the season, which is now the sixth-best single-season total in school history ... She is 20 behind fifth-place Kristen Keyes, who had 196 strikeouts in 2003 ... Brittany Day worked the final four innings of game two ... She has now thrown in six of the team's last seven games after appearing in three of the first 26 games.