March 28, 2010
Columbia, S.C. -
Auburn catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold drove in a career high four runs and tied her career best with three hits to lead the Auburn softball team to an 11-3 win in five innings over South Carolina Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep of the Gamecocks.
Auburn improved to 19-12 overall and 5-6 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina dropped to 10-22 overall and 0-13 in SEC play. The Tigers return to action Wednesday, March 31, with a home game against Troy. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. CT from Jane B. Moore Field.
"Any time you get a sweep against an SEC team it is big," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We came out swinging the bats very well. The middle of our lineup really did a great job. Anna (Thompson) did a great job keeping the lead and not letting South Carolina get anything going."
Thompson started and went 5.0 innings to earn the win and improve to 9-5. Thompson allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts in the complete-game effort. Thompson earned both wins and a save in the series against the Gamecocks, registering 20 strikeouts in three games.
Ashley Chastain started for South Carolina and took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits in 1.2 inning of work. Chastain's record moved to 4-8 with the loss.
Eisterhold opened the top of the second with a single through the left side. Baylee Stephens was put in to run for Eisterhold and moved to third on a double to left-center by Kelsey Cartwright. Kelley Smiley followed with a single up the middle to score Stephens and Cartwright was able to score on a bobbled relay throw by first baseman Laura Mendes for a 2-0 Auburn lead.
Smiley advanced to second on the error. A sac bunt by Megan Mitchell
moved Smiley to third with one out. Lauren Guzman
followed with a bunt that scored Smiley to give Auburn a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers added to their lead in the third inning when Eisterhold drove in Amber Harrison and Krista Clyde to make it a 5-0 game. Harrison doubled to left-center to open the inning and moved to third when second baseman Kandyce Redondo dropped the throw on Clyde's bunt. Clyde advanced to second on the play and scored on Eisterhold's infield single in the gap at second.
Cartwright followed with a bunt single, and after a double steal, moved to second with Eisterhold at third. After a pair of strikeouts, Guzman singled through the left side to score both runners and make it a 7-0 game.
South Carolina got on the board with a two-out triple down the right field line that scored Hannah Milks (wild pitch on strike three) and Lauren Lackey (walk) to make it a 7-2 game.
The Tigers got the two runs back in the fourth when Eisterhold delivered a one-out double to center that scored Harrison (fielder's choice) and Clyde (error) to make it a 9-2 game.
In the fifth inning, Clyde picked up a pair of RBI when she doubled down the left field line to score Caitlin Stangl (single) and Katie Colton (single) to push the Auburn lead to 11-2. South Carolina tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth on a bases-loaded sac fly, but Thompson recorded the final two outs to complete the series sweep.