April 16, 2008
Athens, Ga. -
Kyndall White drove in two runs and Anna Thompson struck out nine as the Auburn softball earned a double-header split with a 2-1 win in game two over Georgia Wednesday afternoon. The Bulldogs won game one 3-2.
Auburn improved to 34-14 overall and 10-11 in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs dropped to 36-17 overall and 9-10 in the SEC.
"This was a much needed win for our team," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Anna threw a great game and did a good job of keeping their hitters off balance. We got the big hit when we needed it and didn't give them anything."
In game two, Thompson allowed one run, unearned, on two hits and one walk in a complete-game win.
Norie Glazebrook (2-2) took the loss after giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits in two and one-third innings.
White gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a bases loaded double in the top of the third. White's hit plated Brittany Scott (single) and Tatiana Fernandez (walk).
The Bulldogs pulled to within one as a pair of Auburn miscues gave Georgia its first run of the game in the fifth inning. Kristin Schnake reached and moved to third when her ground ball was fielded clean by Thompson, but the throw to first was wild and rolled to the wall in right.
Thompson then threw a wild pitch home that went to the backstop and allowed Schnake to score and make it a 2-1 game.
That would be all Thompson would allow as she gave up only one hit over the next two innings, and retired the Bulldogs in order in the seventh to clinch the 2-1 win.
In game one, the Bulldogs jumped out to a three run lead and then held off a late Auburn rally for a 3-2 victory. Christie Hamilton (7-2) earned the win after throwing a complete game, allowing two runs, all earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
(10-4) took the loss after giving up two runs, both earned, on four hits in two and two-thirds innings.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Sojourner Moody walked to begin the inning and moved to second on a ground out. Megan Wiggins then laced a single up the middle that plated Moody for a 1-0 Georgia lead.
Georgia extended its lead with the help of an Auburn miscue in the third inning. Wiggins doubled with one out and moved to third on Alisa Goler's single to left. A wild pitch by Day allowed Wiggins to score for a 2-0 UGA lead.
After the Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead on Victoria Sanders' RBI groundout in the fifth, the Tigers began to cut into the deficit in the sixth.
With two outs, Krista Clyde laced a triple off the wall in center to score Jorja Bell and give the Tigers their first run of the day. Bell reached on a fielder's choice. Kyndall White followed with a sharp single to center to push Clyde across and cut the deficit to one at 3-2. Starr Dorsey was then hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Alicia Hunolt drew a walk to load the bases. But the Bulldogs got out of the jam when Brittany Scott lined out to third.
In the seventh, Myesha Finney reached second when centerfielder Taylor Schlopy dropped her fly ball with two outs. The Bulldogs recovered, however, and kept the Tigers from mounting a rally.