Auburn Softball Drops Double-header to No. 2 Alabama


April 12, 2008

Auburn, Ala. - The Auburn softball's seventh inning rally fell short in game one allowing No. 2 Alabama to claim a 5-4 win as the Tide swept Saturday's double-header from the Tigers at Jane B. Moore Field. Alabama won game two 12-1.

"These were two tough losses," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "But our team has a lot of fight in them and we are going to come out ready to play tomorrow. They have come out with the right mindset after games like this before and we are counting on the same thing Sunday."

Auburn dropped to 33-13 overall and 9-9 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama improved to 38-13 overall and 17-2 in the SEC.

In game one, Kelly Eubanks' two-out home run to left in the top of the eighth broke a tie game and gave the Alabama Crimson Tide a 5-4 victory over the Tigers.

Kelsi Dunne (16-3) threw a complete game, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits with 15 strikeouts. Angel Bunner (6-1) took the loss, giving up three runs, all earned, on seven hits in six innings of relief work. Bunner relieved starter Brittany Day in the third inning.

Tatiana Fernandez gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-out solo home run to right. It was Fernandez's sixth home run of the season and 20th of her career, tying for seventh place in the Auburn career record books with Michelle Martin.

The Crimson Tide tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the second. Charlotte Morgan led off the inning by hitting a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right to even the score at 1-1.

Alabama took a 2-1 lead in the third on Morgan's sacrifice fly to right. Brittany Rogers began the inning with a single and moved to second when Jordan Praytor walked. The runners advanced on Dani Woods' fly out to center, setting up Morgan's sac fly that scored Rogers from third.



The Crimson Tide increased its lead in the fifth inning. Back-to-back singles by Whitney Larsen and Rogers put two on with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Woods singled up the middle to score both and give the Crimson Tide a 4-1 lead.

The Tigers cut into the deficit with a pair of runs in the fifth. Jorja Bell walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Megan Mitchell. Krista Clyde reached on an error by second baseman Lauren Parker to put runners at first and second with no outs.

With one out, Brittany Scott singled to left to seemingly load the bases. But, Clyde over ran second and was out in a rundown. During the rundown, Mitchell scored from third to make it a 4-2 game. Scott advanced to second on the throw home and came around to score on Myesha Finney's single to center to make it a 4-3 game.

Trailing by a run in the seventh, the Tigers rallied to force extra innings. With one out, Scott singled and then moved to second when Finney was hit by a pitch. Fernandez was then intentionally walked to load the bases. After a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Kyndall White forced the tying run home by drawing a walk. White worked the count to 3-2 and fouled off three consecutive pitches before taking ball four to plate Scott and even the game at 4-4.

In game two, Jordan Praytor got the Crimson Tide on the board in the first inning with a solo home run to center. It was Praytor's third home run of the season.

The Tide pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third inning when Dani Woods connected for a two-run home run. It was Wood's seventh home run of the season and came with Praytor (walk) aboard.

Alabama made it a 6-0 game with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Woods doubled home Praytor who singled with one out to reach base. Woods then came in to score on single by Kelley Montalvo. Cat Dozier, who pinch-ran for Charlotte Morgan who reached on an error, then came in for the third run of the inning when Tatiana Fernandez's pickoff attempt went past Starr Dorsey at third.

The Crimson Tide increased its lead to 8-0 with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. KellyEubanks singled and came in to score on a wild pitch and Brittany Rogers singled and scored on an error to give Alabama an 8-0 margin.

Auburn plated a run in the bottom of the sixth when Fernandez drove in Cassie Trosclair with a fielder's choice. Trosclair singled to open the inning to reach base.

Alabama tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh for the final 12-1 margin.