April 24, 2010
Oxford, Miss. - Auburn sophomore catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold hit a pair of home runs, had a game-winning RBI and picked off the potential game-tying runner to help the Tigers' softball team complete a doubleheader sweep of Ole Miss Saturday evening. Auburn won game one, 3-2, and game two, 3-0.
Auburn improved to 25-22 overall and 8-16 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss dropped to 23-23 overall and 5-15 in the SEC. The Tigers and Rebels conclude the series with a 1 p.m. CT game Sunday that will be televised live by Fox SportSouth.
In game two, Auburn pitcher Jenee Loree tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Tigers to a 3-0 win. Loree scattered four hits, walked one and fanned four to improve to 3-4.
Brittany Barnhill started and took the loss for Ole Miss to fall to 9-8. Barhnhill allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
Kyndall White broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning with a two-run home run to left-center. It came after the apparent third out had been made when Caitlin Stangl grounded out to second. But catcher Ashley Tramp interfered with Stangl coming out of the batter's box, which was resulted in an error and Stangl reaching safely.
White followed with a towering homer to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. It was White's eighth home run of the season and the 16th of her career which put her in a tie for 10th in the Auburn career home run list.
Elizabeth Eisterhold pushed the Auburn lead to 3-0 with a leadoff home run to left-center in the sixth inning. It was Eisterhold's second home run of the day, seventh of the season and 15th of her career and it came on the first pitch of the inning.
The Rebels put two on with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. But Loree forced Brittany Barnhill to hit into a double-play, started by White at third, for the first two outs of the inning. With a runner at second, Loree forced Cali Overbeck to ground out to short to end the inning and preserve the Auburn lead.
That would be the last scoring threat from Ole Miss as Loree retired the Rebels in order in the bottom of the seventh to complete the victory for the Tigers.
In game one, Elizabeth Eisterhold drove in the game-winning run and then threw out the potential game-tying run to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 win over Ole Miss.
Auburn pitcher Angel Bunner improved to 7-8 with a complete-game effort. Bunner allowed two runs, both earned, on five hits with one hit batter and five strikeouts. Bunner did not issue a walk, running her streak to 17.1 consecutive innings of work without a base on balls.
Ole Miss reliever Brittany Barnhill took the loss to fall to 9-7. Barnhill allowed one run, earned, on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. Becky Nye started and went 5.1 IP, allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on a one-out home run from Elizabeth Eisterhold in the top of the fourth inning. It was Eisterhold's seventh home run of the season and the 14th of her career.
Katie Colton made it a 2-0 lead for the Tigers when she cranked her first career home run over the wall in right to open the fifth inning. Colton's first homer came on a 1-0 pitch from Nye and carried over the wall into sustained winds of 25 mph that were blowing right to left all day.
Bunner was in control for the Tigers, allowing just a trio of Ole Miss hitters to reach base through the first four innings of play. Bunner gave up a one-out single in the first inning, a leadoff single in the second and a hit batter to open the third inning.
Bunner had retired seven straight Ole Miss hitters until Ashley Dowdy singled to open the bottom of the sixth inning. Corrine Doornberg reached on a ground ball fielder's choice that did not produce an out as Dowdy was awarded second base despite running into second baseman Kelsey Cartwright on her path to the ball.
Lauren Grill then laced a double to the wall in center that scored Dowdy and Doornberg to tie the game at 2-2. Grill advanced to third on the play with only one out in the inning. Bunner ended the rally by forcing a pop out and ground out to end the inning.
The Tigers reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Lauren Guzman reached on a fielder's choice that forced Colton (single) out at second for the second out of the inning. Eisterhold then followed with a line drive double off the wall in right that scored Guzman from first for a 3-2 Auburn lead.
After forcing a ground out from Alyssa McGovern for the first out, Bunner gave up a single to shallow left by Cali Overbeck to put the tying run on. Amanda Hutcheson pinch-ran for Overbeck, but was quickly erased as Eisterhold picked her off at first for the second out. Bunner then fanned Aly Presswood on a called third strike to end the game.