Walton, Tigers Win Seesaw Battle To Claim War Eagle Classic Championship
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February 20, 2005
Auburn -- Lauren Walton went 9-for-17 in the three-day War Eagle Classic, but it was her final hit of the tournament Sunday that counted the most.
The sophomore doubled to left field with one out in the seventh inning, driving in the winning run as Auburn downed Boston College, 7-6, for the War Eagle Classic title at Jane B. Moore Field.
Walton, who went 1-for-4 against the Eagles, came to the plate with Amy Shaw on third. Shaw had tripled to center field off Boston College starter Britney Thompson a play earlier. Walton drove the ball to the left center gap, scoring Shaw.
Walton also excelled from the field, making a diving catch with a runner on first base for the first out in the bottom of the seventh. The Palmetto, Fla., native was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after Auburn's win over Boston College.
"Lauren really had an outstanding game," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "She did it offensively and defensively. She played extremely well in the team's six games and really deserved the Most Valuable Player nod."
The game resembled a seesaw contest with both teams providing plenty of offense. Auburn (14-4) posted 12 hits, while Boston College (6-6) had seven of its own and capitalized on four Tiger errors.
Boston College scored the first run of the game in the third when Thompson homered to right, her third of the season.
But the Tigers battled back, scoring two in the top half of the fourth. With runners on the corners, Lolani Alvarez hit a ball to short and watched as Sara Dean narrowly beat the throw home. Two batters later, Shaw scored after Ashley Griffin blooped a ball over the outstretched glove of Boston College's Jamie Van Dijk at first base.
Auburn stretched the lead with three more runs in the fifth. Dean drove in Currie early in the inning, then saw Alvarez, who drove in three runs in the victory, double to left center, scoring two.
The Eagles scored two in the bottom half of the inning, then, after Auburn posted a solo run in the sixth, put three on the board in the bottom half of the inning to deadlock the game at six. With the bases loaded, Jenna Macchi doubled to left center, clearing the bases. She was, however, thrown out at third on the play.
Griffin, Currie, Dean and Shaw all had two hits apiece to lead the Tigers, while four players had one RBI. Kristina McCain, who came into the game with 10 walks * including seven in the tournament * drew two more against Boston College.
Currie threw 1 2/3 innings in relief of Beth DiPietro to improve to 6-3 on the season. Currie struck out one while allowing three hits. DiPietro, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Pitcher, worked 5 1/3, striking out three while allowing four hits and five runs, only three of which we earned.
Dean, Currie and Jones were all named to the All-Tournament team for the Tigers, who went 5-1 at the three-day Tiger Invitational. Boston College, the tournament's runner-up, went 3-2 and saw Thompson and Macchi named to the All-Tournament team.
Auburn will now travel to the Stanford Invitational in California. The Tigers open against Sacramento State at 3 p.m. CT., on Friday, then take on Texas Tech at 5 p.m. Other opponents at the three-day invitational include UC Davis, Stanford and UAB.
TIGER NOTES: Amy Shaw's seventh inning triple gave Auburn five this season ... She has three, while Lauren Walton has two ... Auburn is now just two shy of tying the program's single-season record of seven, set in 1997 and 2004 ... Other All-Tournament players at the War Eagle Classic included Birmingham-Southern's Leslie Roberts, Gardner-Webb's Rachel Riopel and Abbie Looper and Austin Peay's Brianna Venable and Michelle Edmonds.