March 11, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
Freshman Kyndall White's walk-off home run to open the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Auburn softball a 5-4 victory over 15th-ranked Mississippi State and a split of the first two games of the series Tuesday at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn improved to 21-4 overall and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State fell to 22-5 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. Auburn lost the first game of the double-header 8-3 earlier in the day.
The teams conclude the series with a 4 p.m. game Wednesday at Jane B. Moore Field.
Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers rallied for three runs and won it on White's first career home run. Senior Brittany Day (5-1) earned the win in relief after throwing 4.0 innings without allowing a hit.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Jessie Bailey reached on an error with one out and moved to second on ground out. Jessie Spain then tripled to center to score Bailey. Brittany Bell followed with single to bring Spain home and give the Bulldogs a two-run advantage.
After Mississippi State plated two additional runs in the sixth for a 4-0 lead, the Tigers mounted a rally. Myesha Finney and Taryn Gray had back-to-back singles with one out. Tatiana Fernandez then hit a fly ball to left that the fielder misplayed, allowing Finney to score to cut the deficit to 4-1.
With runners at second and third, Starr Dorsey struck out for the second out of the inning. Mississippi State reliever Elizabeth Woolven then forced Jorja Bell to fly out to right to end the scoring threat.
In the seventh, freshman Krista Clyde got the inning off right with a solo home run to left. It was Clyde's first home run and it cut the deficit to 4-2. Pinch-hitter Jessica Martin was then hit by pitch. Cassie Trosclair was re-entered into the game to run for Martin and came around to score on Finney's two-out double to right to make it 4-3. State then brought Misty Flesher in who gave up the tying run when Gray singled to right to plate Finney.
Flesher fell to 7-3 with the loss after giving up White's solo shot in the ninth.
In game one, Mississippi State put together a two-out rally to take a 2-0 lead in the top of third inning. Nakita Boyce walked and came in to score when Ali Bainbridge's fly ball fell in between Taryn Gray and Cassie Trosclair in shallow right field. The Bulldogs made it 2-0 when Hayle Guess singled through the left side to score Bainbridge from second.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Starr Dorsey doubled to right and Katie Colton reached on a fielder's choice, which forced Gray (HBP) out. With two outs, Jorja Bell drilled her fifth home run of the season over the wall in center to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
The Bulldogs tied the game in fifth. With two outs, Chelsea Bramlett singled and then stole second. Brainbridge then hit a ground ball up the middle that was misplayed by shortstop Kyndall White, allowing Bramlett to score.
Jessie Bailey gave the Bulldogs the lead for good in the sixth inning. After a one out single by Courtney Bures, Bailey hit a two-run home run over the wall in left to give Mississippi State a 5-3 lead. The Bulldogs would tack on three insurance runs in the top of the sixth for the final 8-3 margin.
Anna Thompson took the loss to fall to 8-3. Thompson allowed five runs, two earned, on seven hits in 5.2 IP. Thompson fanned 11 in the loss. Misty Flesher earned the win to move to 7-2. Elizabeth Woolven earned the save after getting the final two outs of the game.