April 30, 2007
Pitcher Anna Thompson has been named the Southeastern Conference Softball Freshman of the Week, it was announced Monday. The Huntsville, Ala., native was instrumental in Auburn's three-game sweep of South Carolina, going 3-0 with 26 strikeouts in 14 innings against the Gamecocks.
South Carolina managed just five hits against Thompson, who held the Gamecocks scoreless over the weekend. She walked just three and allowed two runners to reach third during the series, stranding both.
Thompson's dominance helped the Tigers stay in the race for the final spot in the SEC Tournament, which is scheduled to be held May 10-12 at Jane B. Moore Field.
To begin the week, Thompson started and threw five innings with 11 strikeouts in limiting South Carolina to one hit in Auburn's 8-0, five-inning victory. In the second game of the series, and the second of a Saturday doubleheader, she started again, this time holding the Gamecocks to three hits while striking out 10 in a full seven innings. She received a 1-0 lead after the first inning and helped the Tigers' hold on for the one-run win.
Thompson was again instrumental in the series finale Sunday. She came on in relief in the sixth and struck out five batters over two innings as the Tigers' won 3-0 on Tatiana Fernandez's three-run home run in the seventh.
Thompson improved her record to 14-15 this season with a 1.76 ERA in 183 innings. She has 288 strikeouts for the season, which is second in the SEC. It also ranks second on Auburn's single-season list.
The award marks the second of the season for Thompson, who was previously honored Feb. 19.
Thompson and the Tigers close out the regular season by hosting Florida State and Mercer in a non-conference doubleheader Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. CT at Jane B. Moore Field. It will mark Senior Day for Auburn, which will honor Holly Currie, Sara Ghezzi, Nicole Russo and Lauren Walton prior to the first game.