April 7, 2007
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team dropped the final game of a three-game series to third-ranked Alabama, 12-4, in five innings Saturday at the Alabama Softball Complex.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 18-25 overall and 6-13 in Southeastern Conference play after getting swept by the Crimson Tide. Alabama, meanwhile, improved to 40-4 and 15-4 in the SEC.
Auburn managed eight hits against Alabama starter Chrissy Owens, but could not match Alabama, which capitalized on three Auburn errors and 12 hits of its own. Owens improved to 19-2 this season.
The Tigers scored their first three runs on outs. Ashley Arcuri got the Tigers their first run of the game in the third, flying out to center, which scored Brittany Scott from third. Scott had begun the inning with a triple to right center, the first of her career.
Auburn scored three more in the fourth to bring the deficit to 7-4. Myesha Finney flew out to center for a sacrifice fly RBI, then watched as the next batter, Nicole Russo, reached on a fielder's choice, plating Sara Ghezzi.
Scott drove in the Tigers' third run of the inning and fourth of the game with a bloop single to left with two outs. However, Alabama was able to get Lindsey Harrelson at third on the play to end the inning.
Holly Currie started for the Tigers and was chased after 1 1/3 innings. She gave up five hits and four runs over that stretch to fall to 7-11 on the season.
and Anna Thompson
both threw in relief of Currie. Day was touched for three runs and three walks in one inning of work while Thompson struck out five in 2 1/3 innings.
Brittany Scott posted two hits to pace the Tigers offensively.
Alabama scored four runs in the second to take the initial lead, then plated one in the third, one in the fourth and four in the fifth for the eight-run win.
Brittany Rogers, Kellie Eubanks and Kelley Montalvo each hit a home run for the Crimson Tide.