Lathan, Eisterhold Power Auburn Softball To 5-1 Win Over Arkansas
April 21, 2012
Auburn improved to 28-18 overall and 7-14 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers also claimed a series win over the Razorbacks after winning Friday night's series opener. Arkansas dropped to 23-21 overall and 4-17 in the SEC. Sunday's series finale will air on Fox Sports South/Sportsouth at noon CT.
The game also marked the 221st consecutive game started by senior shortstop Lauren Guzman, tying the Auburn record set by Ashley Griffin from 2003-06. Guzman has started every game on the Auburn schedule since arriving as a freshman in 2009. Additionally, Guzman has not been lifted from a game since April 13, 2010, a span of 121 consecutive games and 834 consecutive innings.
"This was a really good win," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "I'm really happy for Liz getting a big hit on her senior day and it was really good to see Brooke swing the bat well. Jenee did a really good job pitching today, holding them to just one hit."
Jenee Loree improved to 9-7 with a complete-game, one-hitter. Loree allowed one run, earned, with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Kimmy Beasley took the loss in relief to fall to 9-6. Beasley allowed five runs, all earned, on six hits with a strikeout in three innings of work. Hope McLemore started and went two and one-third innings allowing just one hit and one walk.
For the second day in a row the Razorbacks pushed across a run in the top of the first inning. Clarissa Navarro reached on a fielder's choice, which forced Devon Wallace out a second. With two outs, Chloe Oprzedek doubled to left-center, bringing Navarro home all the way from first for a 1-0 Arkansas lead.
The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the fifth when Brooke Lathan cranked a leadoff homer over the wall in left-center. It was Lathan's seventh home run of the season and it made it a 1-1 game. With two outs in the inning, Branndi Melero chopped a ball in front of home plate and beat the throw for an infield single. Lauren Guzman followed with a double off the wall in left-center to plate Melero and give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Amber Harrison followed with a pop up to shallow right that fell between the second baseman and right fielder and then rolled, scoring Guzman and giving Harrison a double. Guzman's run made it 3-1.
The Tigers gave themselves breathing room in the bottom of sixth on back-to-back homers from Eisterhold and Lathan. It was Eisterhold's 11th home run of the season, 33rd of career, and Lathan's eighth of the season, which gave Auburn a 5-1 lead.
Loree set the Razorbacks down in order in top of the seventh, with all three outs coming on ground outs to Guzman at shortstop.
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