Tigers Roll To Two Victories at War Eagle Classic, Set To Play Third Game Tonight
Auburn -- Auburn used a five-run fourth inning to propel itself to an 8-2 victory over Birmingham-Southern in the Tigers' second game of the day in the War Eagle Classic at Jane B. Moore Field Saturday.
That followed a 6-0 victory over Austin Peay in the team's first game, sending the Tigers to a 3-1 record at the tournament, tying them for the No. 1 seed with the Eagles and Gardner-Webb. However, because Auburn (12-4) allowed more runs than Boston College in the first four games combined, the Tigers earned the No. 2 seed, which pits them against Gardner-Webb in the last game of the day Saturday.
"We're ready to take on the Runnin' Bulldogs again," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We had two good offensive efforts today and received very good pitching from Beth DiPietro and Brittany Day."
DiPietro threw seven innings against Birmingham-Southern, striking out eight while walking just three. She improved to 6-1 this season and has won five straight with each coming at Jane B. Moore Field.
Raquel Sanfiel was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs and 10 hits in four innings of work. She fell to 1-1 this season.
Lauren Walton led the Tigers with a career-high four hits and one triple, while Holly Currie backed her up with three hits, two of which were doubles. Paige Jones, Sara Dean and Lolani Alvarez all had two apiece in Auburn's 17-hit output, which set the team's season-high.
Dean hit her second home run of the season in Auburn's three-run fifth inning. The shot was Dean's first since taking Kentucky deep in the third game of the season. Walton had two runs batted in as did Ashley Griffin.
The Tigers sent nine to the plate in the fourth, putting five across the plate. Dean singled, and was driven in two batters later by an Alvarez single. Walton drove in Alvarez, who had gotten all the way to third after advancing on a throw and then third on an illegal pitch, with a single to left.
Griffin followed that up with a double, scoring Walton. After McCain grounded out, Currie and Jones followed with consecutive doubles, scoring solo runs on each.
"We really hit the ball well against the Panthers," Deese said.
"Lauren has had an outstanding tournament and continued that with her four hits against BSC. Our offense as a whole really responded against the Panthers."
Auburn's first game saw the Tigers roll to a 6-0 victory over Austin Peay at Moore Field. Auburn used a four-run first to get a comfortable lead, then scored solo runs in the third and fourth innings.
Brittany Day threw seven innings for the Tigers, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out two to improve to 2-0 on the season. Lindsay Porter drew the loss after allowing four runs in one inning of work. She fell to 0-2.
Sara Ghezzi led the Tigers with two hits, marking her first multi-hit game of the season. She had one hit in the Tigers' 14 games leading up to the Austin Peay contest. She doubled and singled and drove in two runs against the Lady Govs.
The team's top four batters in the lineup all crossed the plate in the first frame. Griffin singled to center, then stole second. With Kristina McCain at first after a walk, Currie doubled to left center, driving in Griffin and putting runners at second and third.
Ghezzi, batting in the No. 4 slot in the lineup for the first time this season, took a pitch from Austin Peay starter Lindsay Porter and drove it to the left center gap for a two-run double.
The Tigers, who sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning, scored their fourth run of the frame when Ghezzi scored on a wild pitch with Anne Norton at the plate.
Norton added an insurance run in the third with her first home run of the season. The shot over the right field fence was her first since the
The Tigers added a final run in the fourth on a balk, scoring McCain.
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TIGER NOTES: Anne Norton hit four home runs in 2003, her last coming on Feb. 23 against Birmingham-Southern ... Kristina McCain tied a single-game Auburn record with three walks against Austin Peay ...
McCain was the last to achieve the feat against Georgia on April 18, 2004.