March 29, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
Senior pitcher Brittany Day threw a two-hit shutout to lead the Auburn softball team to a 1-0 victory over No. 9 Tennessee as the teams split a double-header Saturday afternoon. The Vols won game one 8-4.
Auburn moved to 29-9 overall and 8-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee dropped to 31-6 overall and 7-5 in the conference. The teams conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
"Brittany Day did a tremendous job today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "She threw strikes and kept their hitters off balance. I am very proud of her."
Day threw her sixth complete game of the season to improve 10-2. The Columbus, Ga., native fanned 11 and walked five.
Megan Rhodes took the loss for Tennessee to fall to 14-3. Rhodes allowed just one run, earned, on one hit with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
The only run of the game came in the third inning. Cassie Trosclair walked with one out and came around to score on a double to center by Brittany Scott. It would be the only hit of the night for the Tigers.
Day, meanwhile, gave up a hit in the third inning and a hit in the sixth inning. The Tigers kept the game from being tied with a heads up play in the sixth.
Tiffany Huff reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second a walk. Erinn Webb then hit a ground ball to Megan Mitchell at second. Mitchell booted the ball, allowing Webb to reach, but recovered to throw Huff out at home for the third out. The play kept the score 1-0.
In game one, the Vols overcame a 4-3 deficit to claim an 8-4 victory. Tennessee got a two-run home run from Tonya Callahan and a three-run home run from Erinn Webb and took advantage of four Auburn errors in the game.
took the loss for Auburn to fall to 9-6 on the season. Thompson allowed five runs, all earned, on 11 hits in 4.0 innings of work.
Ashton Ward earned the win to improve to 17-3. Ward allowed four runs, all earned, on eight hits in throwing her eighth complete game of the season.
The Tigers were led offensively by Tatiana Fernandez who hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to give Auburn a 2-0 lead. It was Fernandez's fifth home run of the season. Brittany Scott and Taryn Gray each drove in a run for the Tigers.