March 7, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team opened the first day of the War Eagle Classic with a pair of wins, defeating Bowling Green 3-1 and Georgia Southern 3-0.
The Tigers improved to 18-3 with the wins. Bowling Green fell to 0-6, while Georgia Southern dropped to 16-11. Auburn pitchers Angel Bunner and Anna Thompson combined to strikeout 24 batters on the day, each recording 12 K's.
Auburn returns to action Saturday at 10 a.m. to play Lipscomb. The Tigers then play Tennessee Tech at 12:30 p.m.
In game one, Bunner fanned 12 in improving to 4-0 on the season as the Tigers defeated Bowling Green 3-1. Bunner allowed three hits and walked one in throwing her second complete game of the season.
The Tigers put a run on the board in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Tatiana Fernandez doubled off the wall in right to score Brittany Scott from second. Scott drew a walk to open the inning and then stole second to get into scoring position.
Auburn made it a 2-0 game in the bottom of the second inning. Starr Dorsey singled and moved to third on the play when the centerfielder booted the ball. Kyndall White then brought Dorsey home with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Falcons took advantage of an Auburn error in the third inning to cut the deficit to 2-1. Emily Gouge walked and was pinch-ran for with Carly Riepenhoff who stole second. A single by Dawnjene Delong moved Riepenhoff to third. Delong attempted to steal second and on the throw, Auburn second baseman Cassie Trosclair attempted to get Riepenhoff leaning at third. The throw was wild and allowed the runner to score.
Against Georgia Southern, Tatiana Fernandez gave the Tigers the lead with a three-run home run over the wall in left-center in the top of third inning. It was Fernandez's first home run of the season and came with Myesha Finney (walk) and Taryn Gray (error) aboard.
Those runs would be all the Tigers needed as Thompson kept Georgia Southern off the scoreboard. Thompson allowed just two hits, one in the third and one in the sixth, and struck out 12. She did not issue a walk.