March 31, 2007
AUBURN - Anna Thompson tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts in the second game of a doubleheader, but it wasn't enough as LSU swept the first two games of a three-game series at Jane B. Moore Field. The Bayou Bengals opened with a 9-0, five-inning win in the first game, then took game two, 4-1.
Thompson's 14 strikeouts equaled her efforts in a 9-1 win over South Florida March 2 in Tampa, Fla. But a three-run home run by Rachel Mitchell in the fourth inning of the second game proved to be the game-winner in the 4-1 win.
"Anna threw well, but made a mistake against Mitchell and it cost her," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Otherwise, she had a fine performance and is showing maturity as SEC play rolls along."
Auburn (17-21 overall, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) scored its only run of the game in the first when leadoff batter Ashley Arcuri hit her first home run of the season over the left field fence off LSU starter Dani Hofer. It was the second career home run for Arcuri, who finished the doubleheader 3 for 4 with a walk and hit by pitch.
The Bayou Bengals (34-5, 9-2 SEC) took the early lead, going up 1-0 in the top half of the first. Leadoff batter Dee Dee Henderson opened the game with a walk and moved to second on a stolen base. Two wild pitches enabled her to reach third and home, respectively.
Thompson threw her ninth complete game of the season, scattering five hits and two walks in addition to the 14 strikeouts. She dropped to 10-10 this season.
Hofer went the distance for LSU as well, limiting Auburn to three hits. She struck out nine and walked three and improved to 13-1 this year.
The first game of the doubleheader saw LSU jump on the Tigers early, scoring five runs in the third en route to the 9-0, five-inning victory.
The Bayou Bengals scored the five runs off two Auburn errors in sending 10 batters to the plate during the inning. The five runs were charged to Auburn starter Holly Currie, although just two were earned.
Currie dropped to 7-10 this season. She struck out three and walked three in 1 2/3 innings before being replaced by Brittany Day in the second. Day worked the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs - just one earned - while striking out three.
LSU scored three of its four runs off Day in the third as Auburn committed two errors for the second straight inning. The Bayou Bengals pushed their lead to nine with a final run in the fourth.
Arcuri singled in the third and fifth innings for her seventh multiple-hit game of the season, which ties Currie for the team lead. Arcuri was also hit by a pitch in the first.
The teams conclude the three-game series Sunday with a single game that is slated to start at 1 p.m. CT.
Tiger Notes: Myesha Finney was hit by a pitch in the second inning of game one for the 14th time this season, tying Sarah Orozco (2000) for the most in a single-season ... Finney has 23 for her career, which is three off Orozco's AU record mark.