May 6, 2012
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team rallied for a 2-1 victory over Mississippi State in the final regular season game of the year on Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field.
The win moved Auburn to 33-20 overall and 12-16 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State dropped to 33-21 overall and 12-16 in the SEC. The Tigers clinched the seventh seed in the SEC Tournament and will play at 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday in the first round. Auburn's opponent is yet to be determined as other league games were not yet completed Sunday.
"I'm proud of the way we came back and got an important win today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Angel (Bunner) did a great job in the circle today and worked out of few jams when they put runners on base. Hilary (Mavromat) got us even with a big home run and that was good to see from her. Now we have to get focused on the SEC Tournament."
Angel Bunner improved to 13-4 with the complete-game victory. Bunner allowed one run, earned, on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Kylie Vry took the loss in relief to fall to 9-7. Vry allowed two runs, both earned, on one hit with two walks and no strikeouts in three innings of work. Stephanie Becker started and went the first two and two-thirds, scattering three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Mississippi State plated the first run of the game, scoring once in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Sam Lenahan doubled to centerfield. Heidi Shape followed with a hard single through the left side that scored Lenahan for a 1-0 Mississippi State lead.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Hilary Mavromat cranked a leadoff home run over the wall in center. It was Mavromat's third home run of the season and the eighth of her career.
The Tigers rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Caitlin Jordan was hit by a pitch to open the inning and was lifted for pinch-runner Kristyn Richards. Elizabeth Eisterhold moved Richards to second on a sac bunt. After an infield pop-up for the second out of the inning, a passed ball moved Richards to third base. Caitlin Schultze drew a walk to put runners on the corners and was lifted for pinch-runner Maris Medina.
With Baylee Stephens
at the plate, Medina broke for second and Richards broke for home on a delayed steal. Although the tag was applied to Richards at home for what would have been the final out of the inning, obstruction was called on the Mississippi State catcher and Richards was ruled safe, giving Auburn a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Shelby Fisher led off with an infield single up the middle and was lifted for pinch-runner Ashley Phillip. With the tying run on base, Bunner promptly fanned the next three hitters, all swinging, to end the game.