Feb. 10, 2009
Jacksonville, Ala. -
Kyndall White's three-run home run in the fourth inning broke a tie game and lifted the Auburn softball team to a 5-2 victory over Jacksonville State Tuesday night.
The Tigers improved to 5-1 with the victory, while JSU dropped to 3-2. Auburn returns to action Wednesday night in its home opener against Georgia State. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.
"I'm proud of the way we came back tonight after letting the lead slip away," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Anna threw very well in relief and didn't allow Jacksonville State to get anything going. Kyndall came through with the big hit when we needed it. It's a good win."
Anna Thompson earned the win in relief of starter Jenee Loree. Thompson improved to 2-1 after throwing 4.0 shutout innings. Thompson fanned three and did not surrender a hit.
Loree lasted 3.0 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Ashley Eliasson took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. Eliasson allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits in 3.1 innings of work. Eliasson fanned four and walked three.
Myesha Finney gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning. It was Finney's first home run of the season, the seventh of her career and came on a 2-2 pitch.
White followed with a single to left, stole second and scored on Tatiana Fernandez's double to right-center that pushed the AU lead to 2-0.
The Gamecocks got on the board in the bottom of the first when Courtney Underwood hit a solo home run to center that made it a 2-1 game. It was the first run off Loree this season and the first home run the Tigers have allowed this year.
JSU tied the game in the bottom of the third on Nikki Prier's RBI double that scored Chrissy O'Neal.
The Tigers responded in the top of the fourth, however. Megan Mitchell was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sac bunt by Lindsey Harrelson. Finney reached when O'Neal dropped her fly ball in left. White then followed with a three-run home run to right-center that gave the Tigers a 5-2 edge. It was White's first home run of the season and the fourth of her career.
That would cap the scoring as Thompson held JSU hitless over the final four innings of the game. The win was the 29th of Thompson's career.