April 4, 2007
Jorja Bell's single up the middle with one out in the seventh capped a four-run comeback as the Auburn softball team defeated Florida Atlantic, 4-3, Wednesday at Jane B. Moore Field.
Brittany Scott came around from second on the play, ending the comeback, which saw the Tigers post seven hits after being held hitless by Florida Atlantic starter Jen Musillo through the first 5 1/3 innings.
"I'm proud of the way the girls fought back for the win," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We couldn't get a hit through five innings, but we came back and won this game by staying focused."
The comeback was made possible after the Tigers (18-22 overall) broke up the no-hitter in the sixth, an inning in which Auburn rapped out five hits.
Taryn Gray broke up Musillo's no-hitter with a single down the left field line with one out in the sixth. Two batters later, Myesha Finney reached on an infield single, setting the table for Tatiana Fernandez. The sophomore took the first pitch she saw from Musillo and deposited it over the right field fence for her fifth home run of the season, tying the game at three.
"Tatiana got all of that pitch," Deese said. "Taryn did a good job as a pinch hitter to get that inning going."
Anna Thompson and Brittany Day worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings for the Tigers. Thompson relieved starter Holly Currie in the first and proceeded to keep the Owls off the scoreboard while striking out six in 3 1/3. Day earned her first victory of the season after coming on in relief in the fifth. She allowed a single in the fifth and worked out a jam in the sixth to help guide the Tigers back into the game.
Florida Atlantic (23-17) spotted Musillo three runs in the first off Currie. Mandie Fishback singled in the first run of the game, while Becky Brandies and Melissa Moore both delivered RBI during the inning.
Musillo allowed seven hits while striking out eight to fall to 10-9 this season.
Auburn gets back into Southeastern Conference play in a three-game series against No. 3 Alabama beginning Friday. Friday's doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m. CT. The series finale Saturday is at 2 p.m.
Tiger Notes: Anna Thompson's second strikeout of the game, coming in the second inning, gave her 200 this season, making her just the third Tiger to reach that plateau in a single-season ... Holly Currie (2005, 2006) and Kristen Keyes (2002, 2004) have both done it twice ... The game marked the Tigers' first out of Southeastern Conference play since March 2 at Troy ... Lauren Walton started in center field for the first time since March 10 at Kentucky.