March 15, 2008
Oxford, Miss. -
The Auburn pitching staff held Ole Miss to just one unearned run in sweeping a double-header from the Rebels in softball action Saturday afternoon. The Tigers won 3-1 and 5-0 and have now won four straight in league play.
The Tigers improved to 24-4 overall and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels dropped to 14-11 overall and 0-5 in league play. Auburn will conclude its series against Ole Miss with a 1 p.m. game Sunday.
"I'm really proud of our team for coming out and getting two wins on the road" Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We had some big hits when we needed them today. And our pitchers did an outstanding job, allowing just one unearned run in 14 innings."
In game one, Myesha Finney drove in two runs during a three-run third inning to lead the Tigers to a 3-1 win over Ole Miss.
Senior Brittany Day improved to 7-1 after throwing 4.0 innings in the start. Day allowed one run, unearned, on five hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. Sophomore Anna Thompson picked up her third save after throwing the final 3.0 innings. Thompson fanned six and did not allow a hit.
The Rebels took advantage of an Auburn error to push across the first run of the day. With one out, Ole Miss' Lauren Rowe singled and moved to second when Morgan Button walked. After Day fanned Michelle May, Courtnie Ghinaudo hit a groundball that shortstop Kyndall White skipped to first, allowing Rowe to score from second.
The Ole Miss lead did not last long, as the Tigers took the lead in the top of the third. Krista Clyde walked to open the frame and moved to second on Cassie Trosclair's bunt single. Brittany Scott loaded the bases with a single to shallow center. Finney then delivered a single down the third base line that plated Clyde and Trosclair to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Still in the third, Taryn Gray made it a 3-1 Auburn lead with a single to left that brought Scott home from second. From there, Day and Thompson combined to hold Ole Miss to only two hits over the final four innings.
In game two, freshman Angel Bunner and Thompson combined to shutout the Rebels in a 5-0 victory. Bunner started and improved to 5-0 with the victory. Bunner threw 5.0 innings, giving up only three hits with one walk and one strikeout. Thompson threw the final 2.0 innings, holding the Rebels hitless and fanning four.
The Tigers got on the board in the third inning. Cassie Trosclair singled and advanced to second on a botched fielder's choice by Nye. After Myesha Finney was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Taryn Gray singled to right to score Trosclair and Brittany Scott.
An intentional walk to Tatiana Fernandez loaded the bases again, Starr Dorsey followed with a sac fly to right to score Finney and push the Auburn lead to 3-0.
The Tigers extended their lead in the fourth. With two outs, Fernandez doubled to the wall in left to score Scott (single) and Finney (HBP) to give Auburn a 5-0 advantage.
The Rebels threatened in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs. Thompson was brought in for Bunner and immediately got a pop up to third for the first out. Thompson closed the door on any rally by striking out the next two hitters to preserve the shutout.