March 31, 2012
Oxford, Miss. -
Auburn shortstop Lauren Guzman tied a career-best with four hits while junior Brooke Lathan drove in three runs as the 24th-ranked Tigers' softball team beat Ole Miss 7-4 Saturday afternoon.
Auburn improved to 26-11 overall and 5-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss fell to 14-18 overall and 2-8 in the SEC. Saturday's win gave the Tigers a series victory after Auburn won game one Friday night. The teams conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Bunner improved to 11-2 with the complete-game victory. Bunner allowed four runs (all earned) on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Erinn Jayjohn took the loss to fall to 2-7. Jayjohn started and went the distance, allowing seven runs (all earned) on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Auburn jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Caitlin Schultze drew a walk and was followed by Baylee Stephens who was hit by a pitch. With two on, Lauren Guzman laced a triple to the wall in right-center that scored both runners.
Bunner was in a groove from the start as she retired the Rebels in order in the first and second innings. Bunner retired the first two Ole Miss batters in the third inning before Cali Overbeck picked up the first Ole Miss hit of the game with a single to left. Bunner ended the inning on the next batter, when Corrine Doornberg grounded out.
Ole Miss got its second hit of the game with a one-out single from RT Cantillo in the fourth inning. Bunner would leave Cantillo stuck at first as she retired the next two batters on a pair of infield pop-ups.
After going down in order in the third and fourth innings, the Tigers were able to pad their lead in the top of the fifth inning. Guzman reached on a one-out single and then advanced to third on a slow ground out to first by Branndi Melero. Hilary Mavromat followed with a single to center that plated Guzman to push the Auburn lead to 3-0.
The Tigers added a run in the top of the sixth when Schultze delivered a two-out RBI. Lathan singled to open the inning and took second on a sac bunt. A ground out moved Lathan to third and Schultze followed with a single to left that gave Auburn a 4-0 lead.
Ole Miss broke the shutout bid with two outs in the sixth. Doornberg singled with one out, but was forced out on a fielder's choice from pinch-hitter Natalie Nimmo. After Brittany Broome was put back in at first, Cantillo laced a triple off the wall in left to score Broome and make it a 4-1 game. Bunner ended the rally when she forced Londen Ladner to ground out to Guzman at shortstop.
Auburn broke the game open in the top of the seventh when Lathan ripped a one-out, three-run home run to center. Lathan's home run was her fifth of the season and her second of the series. The homer came with Branndi Melero (error) and pinch-runner Kristyn Richards aboard. Richards ran for Mavromat who reached a fielder's choice that did not produce an out.
Trailing 7-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Ole Miss mounted a rally. The Rebels made it a 7-2 game when Jayjohn hit a one-out, solo home run to left. It was Jayjohn's first home run of the season. After a ground out, Amanda Hutcheson singled through the right side and came in to score on Overbeck's fifth home run of the season.
Overbeck's two-run shot made it a 7-4 game. Bunner put an end to the rally, however, when she forced pinch-hitter Jenna Hollenkamp to ground out to Schultze at third.