May 13, 2010
Fayetteville, Ark. -
The fifth-ranked Florida Gators scored nine unearned runs, eight coming in the fifth inning to oust the Auburn softball team from the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 9-1 victory Thursday afternoon.
Auburn dropped to 31-24 with the loss, while Florida improved to 43-7. The Tigers will now await word on a possible NCAA Tournament bid which will be announced Sunday at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
"We got off to a good start with Kyndall's home run," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "But you can't give a team like Florida extra outs. They took advantage of what we gave them."
Stephanie Brombacher earned the win to improve to 29-5. Brombacher threw all 5.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, on two hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Anna Thompson took the loss for Auburn to fall to 17-9. Thompson allowed four runs, all unearned, on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief work. Jenee Loree started for Auburn and went 2.0 innings. Loree allowed one run, unearned, on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Kyndall White gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a solo home run to left. It was White's 13th home run of the season and it came on a 1-2 pitch with two outs. The home run gave the Tigers a dinger in 10 consecutive games, setting a new team record.
The Tigers hosed a potential game-tying run in the second inning. Tiffany DeFelice doubled with two outs and came around third on a single to center by Corrie Brooks. Krista Clyde fielded the ball in center and threw home to Elizabeth Eisterhold who put the tag on DeFelice for the third out of the inning.
Kelsey Horton singled to open the third inning and moved to second when her single was dropped and allowed to roll by shortstop Lauren Guzman
. That chased Loree from the game for Thompson. Lauren Heil pinch-ran for Horton and moved to third on a sac bunt. A ground out up the middle by Michelle Moultrie brought Heil home to tie the game at 1-1.
The Gators took advantage of another Auburn error to plate the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Aja Paculba drew a one-out walk and moved to second when left fielder Katie Colton dropped Moultrie's fly ball for an error. Francesca Enea was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Brittany Schutte brought the go-ahead run home with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Paculba and giving Florida a 2-1 lead. With two on and one out, Megan Bush launched a home run to left to give the Gators a 5-1 lead.
Thompson was chased from the game following the three-run homer. Schmalz came in and hit Kelsey Bruder. DeFelice singled to move Bruder to second and Corrie Brooks singled through the left side to score Bruder for a 6-1 Florida lead. Horton then crushed a three-run home run to right to give Florida a 9-1 lead and end the game on the eight-run rule.