April 20, 2011
Auburn, Ala. -
The 23rd-ranked LSU softball team swept the 25th-ranked Auburn Tigers taking game one 7-3 and game two 1-0 in a Wednesday doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn fell to 32-14 overall and 11-11 in the Southeastern Conference with the two losses. LSU improved to 28-15 overall and 10-9 in the SEC.
"These were two very tough games," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "LSU had the one big inning in first game and then Angel (Bunner) did a great job pitching in game two but they got the only run of the game. You have to credit their pitchers for keeping us off balance. We need to re-group and get ready for the teams ahead of us."
In game two, one run was enough as LSU completed the series sweep with a 1-0 victory over Auburn.
LSU pitcher Rachele Fico threw a complete-game three hitter to improve to 11-9. Fico fanned seven and did not issue a walk.
Angel Bunner took the loss in a complete-game effort to fall to 11-5. Bunner allowed one run, earned, on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
LSU scored the game's only run in the top of the first inning. Juliana Santos doubled with one out and came around to score on a two-out single to right by Ashley Langoni.
Fico retired the first six Auburn hitters of the game. Auburn put the leadoff hitter on base in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings, but were unable to push the tying run across.
Kyndall White opened the bottom of the third by reaching on a throwing error by LSU third baseman Tammy Wray. Despite moving White to second with a sac bunt, the Tigers were unable to pick up a hit as Fico retired Caitlin Stangl and Morgan Estell to end the inning.
Auburn put the leadoff hitter on in the bottom of the fourth inning on a single by Kelsey Cartwright, but Fico fanned Amber Harrison, forced Lauren Guzman to ground out and struck out Elizabeth Eisterhold to leave Cartwright stranded.
Kelley Smiley singled to left to open the bottom of the fifth for Auburn. After a sac bunt moved Smiley to second, Fico again put a halt to any rally by forcing Katie Colton to pop up and Hilary Mavromat to strike out.
In the bottom of the seventh, Guzman reached on a leadoff single but was retired on a double play. Eisterhold popped up to catcher Heidi Pizer on a bunt attempt. Guzman was then caught in a rundown before finally being tagged at first. Fico ended the game when she fanned Smiley on a called third strike. Auburn stranded three runners in the game, all at second base.
In game one, LSU used a five-run third inning to come away with a 7-3 victory.
Brittany Mack earned the complete-game win for LSU to improve to 11-5. Mack allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Lauren Schmalz started and took the loss to fall to 12-5. Schmalz allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings. Hilary Mavromat pitched three and one-third innings of relief, allowing one run, unearned, on one hit with two walks and one strikeout.
LSU jumped out first, pushing five runs across in the top of the third inning. Tiffany Shaw reached when Schmalz booted her chopper back to the circle. After Shaw stole second, Juliana Santos laced a ball down the first base line that was ruled fair for a run-scoring double.
Anissa Young was hit by a pitch following Santos' double to put two on with no outs. Ashley Langoni then drilled a three-run home run over the wall in center to give LSU a 4-0 lead. It was Langoni's fourth home run of the season. With one out in the inning, Tammy Wray made it a 5-0 LSU lead with a solo home run to center. It was Wray's seventh homer of the year.
LSU added to its lead in the fourth inning. Simone Heyward singled up the middle to open the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt. A fly out to deep center moved Heyward to third. Langoni then put down squeeze bunt that scored Heyward for a 6-0 lead.
Auburn cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning on Kyndall White's two-run home run. Katie Colton singled up the middle to open the inning and was followed by White, who hit her fifth home run of the season to make it a 6-2 game.
The Tigers continued to chip away at the deficit in the sixth inning. Lauren Guzman singled with one out and moved to second on a single by Mavromat. After a strikeout, Colton drew a walk to load the bases and was followed by White who singled to left to plate Guzman and make it a 6-3 game. Mack would cut the Auburn rally short, however, as she forced pinch-hitter Elizabeth Eisterhold to ground out to leave the bases loaded.
LSU took advantage of Auburn miscues to tack on a run in the top of the seventh. Wray singled to open the inning and was lifted for pinch-runner Katie Guillory. Consecutive wild pitches moved Guillory to third. Morgan Russell then drew a walk and with pinch-hitter Heidi Pizer at the plate, stole second. Catcher Caitlin Schultze's throw to second was wild and bounced into center, allowing Guillory to score to give LSU the final 7-3 margin.