March 30, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
Kyndall White's sac fly to left scored Krista Clyde with the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Auburn softball team claimed a 2-1 victory over ninth-ranked Tennessee Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers won the weekend series two games to one with Sunday's victory. Auburn improved to 30-9 overall and 9-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee dropped to 31-7 overall and 7-6 in the league.
"This was a tremendous win for us, Tennessee is a very good team," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "I'm very proud of our team for battling and finding a way to win. Our pitchers did an excellent job today. Anna came in and kept Tennessee from putting anything together. She did an outstanding job."
Anna Thompson (10-6) earned the win in relief. Thompson pitched the final 4.2 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Brittany Day started and went 3.1 innings, giving up one run, earned, on three hits with four strikeouts.
Megan Rhodes (14-4) took the loss, giving up one run, earned, on one hit in 2.0 innings.
The Lady Vols took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Tiffany Huff singled and eventually scored on Jennifer Lapicki's fielder's choice. Auburn pitching would hold Tennessee to only one hit over the next four innings.
Auburn battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tennessee starting pitcher Ashton Ward then threw a wild pitch to move Scott to third. After a ground out by Tatiana Fernandez for the second out of the inning, Ward again threw a wild pitch which allowed Scott to score the tying run.
In the eighth, Taryn Gray walked to open the inning and Fernandez drew a walk and was lifted for pinch-runner Krista Clyde. Myesha Finney's fielder's choice forced Gray out at third.
Rhodes then threw a wild pitch to move Clyde to third and Finney to second. White then hit a fly ball deep to left that scored Clyde without a play at the plate.
Auburn returns to action Wednesday, April 2, with a 6 p.m. game against Jacksonville State at Jane B. Moore Field.