Feb. 29, 2008
Columbus, Ga. -
The Auburn softball team split its first two games at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, defeating Georgia Tech 3-2 in the first game of the day and losing to Winthrop 1-0 in the last game.
The Tigers upped their record to 13-2 on the season. Auburn continues play Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. CT game against Charlotte and a 5:30 p.m. CT game against Massachusetts.
Against Georgia Tech, Anna Thompson threw her fifth complete game as the Tigers beat the Yellow Jackets 3-2. Thompson (7-1) retired 12 batters in a row and fanned 10 in 7.0 innings. Thompson allowed two earned runs on five hits.
Stephanie Morris (2-3) took the loss for Georgia Tech (5-9) after her fielding error allowed three unearned runs to score. Morris struck out two and walked five.
Pitching dominated early as the teams combined for only two hits, one apiece, through the first three innings of play. The Tigers missed a scoring chance in the second inning, loading the bases with only one out. But, Morris was able to work out of the jam without a run scoring.
The Tigers took advantage of a Georgia Tech miscue to jump on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning. Auburn loaded the bases on a fielder's choice, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
With two outs, Brittany Scott's ground ball back to the pitcher was booted, allowing Lindsey Harrelson to score from third. Taryn Gray then singled to score Starr Dorsey and Cassie Trosclair to push the Auburn lead to 3-0.
Georgia Tech cut into the Auburn lead in the top of the sixth inning. Aileen Morales walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Morales then stole third and scored on Blair Shimandle's ground out to Thompson.
With two outs, Whitney Haller drilled a 2-1 pitch from Thompson over the wall in left to make it a 3-2 game. Thompson forced Tiffany Johnson to pop out to short to end the inning with the Tigers holding a one run lead.
Thompson would recover, however, and kept the Yellow Jackets from threatening as the Tigers won their fourth consecutive game.
In the second game, Winthrop pitcher Cari Wooldridge threw a one-hit shutout as the Eagles topped Auburn 1-0. Wooldridge struck out five and did not give up a hit until one out in the seventh inning.
Brittany Day (2-1) took the loss despite not giving up an earned run. Day pitched 2.1 innings allowing one unearned on one hit.
Winthrop got the only run of the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning. Lisa Kingsmore singled and moved to second on a fielding error on Cassie Trosclair. Kingsmore then moved to third on a passed ball and scored when Trosclair's throw home on a ground ball was late.
Despite getting one hit, the Tigers missed a scoring opportunity in the first inning. Brittany Scott walked and moved to second on a sac bunt by Taryn Gray. Tatiana Fernandez was hit by a pitch to put two on with one out. Scott moved to third on a fly out to right, but was stranded there when Lindsey Harrelson grounded out to end the inning.
Auburn got its only hit with one out in the seventh inning on a single up the middle by Starr Dorsey. Dorsey advanced to third on a sac bunt and a passed ball, but Wooldridge ended the game with a strikeout of Scott.