May 4, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
Myesha Finney's two out double to right in the bottom of the seventh scored Kyndall White and Jorja Bell with the winning runs as the Auburn softball team rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats Sunday afternoon.
Auburn improved to 37-19 overall and 13-14 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky dropped to 17-37 overall and 3-25 in the SEC.
"I'm very proud of the way we fought back today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "This was a big win. To get behind in the top of the seventh and then to score the winning run with two outs really says a lot about our team's toughness."
Angel Bunner earned the win in relief to improve to 7-1. Bunner pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting a pair of strikeouts. Brittany Day started and went two innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit. Lauren Schmalz threw the middle four and two-thirds, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.
Jennifer Young took the loss to drop to 3-19. Young allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits.
Kentucky broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh when Meagan Aull's fly ball to left was dropped, allowing Megan Yocke to score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Cassie Trosclair and Brittany Scott were retired for the first two outs of the inning. White, Bell and Tatiana Fernandez drew consecutive walks to load the bases. With two strikes in the count, Finney slapped a double to right that easily plated White and Bell to give the Tigers the win.
The Wildcats took advantage of a two-out Auburn error to plate their first run of the day. Aull singled to open the inning and moved to third on a ground out. With two outs, Samantha DeMartine hit a ground ball that Cassie Trosclair
booted, allowing Aull to score for a 1-0 UK lead.
The Tigers got the offense going in the fourth inning. Kyndall White doubled to the wall in center and Bell followed with a home run off the scoreboard to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. It was Bell's seventh home run of the season and second in as many days.
The Auburn lead was brief, however, as the Wildcats rallied for two runs in the fifth. DeMartine singled and moved to second on Audrey Meyer's single. After a sac bunt moved the runners up, Natalie Smith walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Aull doubled to right to score DeMartine and Meyer and give Kentucky a 3-2 edge.
White evened the game in the bottom of the sixth with a lead-off home run. It was White's third home run of the season and tied the game at 3-3