March 27, 2011
Auburn, Ala. -
Pitcher Angel Bunner tossed a one-hitter and the Tigers' offense put up eight runs on 10 hits as the No. 22/23 Auburn softball team run-ruled the Ole Miss Rebels 8-0 in five innings Sunday afternoon to claim a series victory.
The Tigers improved to 28-5 overall and 8-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss's record fell to 12-24 overall and 2-9 in the SEC.
"Any time you put up double-digit hits, it's a good day," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Our hitters did a good job of driving the ball and keeping pressure on their pitcher. Angel Bunner did another great job for us. She held them to one hit and did not walk anyone. She has been very consistent and is having a very good season."
Angel Bunner improved to 9-1 with the complete-game victory. Only three Ole Miss hitters reached base in the game, with those coming on an Auburn error, a fielder's choice and a two-out single. Ole Miss did not have a runner reach second base. Bunner struck out five in five innings of work in winning her fourth consecutive start.
Brittany Barnhill (1-10) started and took the loss after giving up eight runs, all earned, on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four and one-third innings of work.
The Tigers put up seven runs in the second inning. Three consecutive singles, two via bunt, put Lauren Guzman at third, Hilary Mavromat at second and Kelsey Cartwright at first with no outs. Elizabeth Eisterhold then poked a single through the right side to score Guzman and give Auburn a 1-0 lead.
Katie Colton followed with a fielder's choice back to the pitcher who threw home to putout Mavromat, but still leaving the bases loaded. Morgan Estell then lofted a soft single into shallow center that scored Cartwright and pushed the Tigers' lead to 2-0. Caitlin Stangl made it 3-0 with a ground out hopper to second that allowed Eisterhold to touch the plate safely. With two outs, Amber Harrison blooped a single into shallow left to score Colton and Estell and extend the Auburn lead to 5-0.
Still in the second inning, Guzman launched a line drive that sailed just under Brittany Broome's glove in left field and rolled to the wall. Harrison and White scored on the play to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers put up one run to end the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Caitlin Schultze drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single by pinch-hitter Morgan Murphy. Eisterhold followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. After a strike out, Estell hit a hard chopper off the second baseman's glove for a single that scored Schultze for the eighth Auburn run and end the game.
This week, Auburn takes a break from midweek games and returns to action with a weekend road series at No. 11 Tennessee. The Tigers play Friday at 7 p.m. CT in a game televised by ESPNU. Auburn plays at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.