May 27, 2010
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team finished the 2010 season with a 31-26 overall record and an 11-17 record in SEC play. The Tigers advanced to the SEC Tournament for the 11th time in program history and earned the seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers saw increases in nine offensive categories and eight pitching categories from the 2009 season. Auburn’s 2.23 ERA in 2010 was the fourth-lowest in program history, while the 132 walks issued was the third lowest. The Tigers hit 44 home runs this season, marking the fourth-best single-season total in team history.
Noting the 2010 Auburn Tigers
- Auburn made its third consecutive appearance, and seventh overall, to NCAA Regional play. The Tigers went 1-2 in the NCAA Atlanta Regional hosted by Georgia Tech. Auburn also appeared in the 2009 Atlanta Regional. This season, the Tigers lost its opening-round game to Oregon, 1-0. Auburn rebounded to defeat Jacksonville State 15-1 before being eliminated by host Georgia Tech in a 4-1 loss.
- Senior pitcher Anna Thompson ended her career holding seven Auburn records. Thompson is the Tigers’ career leader in lowest batting average against (.172), saves (13), appearances (151), innings pitched (713.0), strikeouts (1,078), strikeouts per 7 IP (10.6) and hit batters (68). Thompson is sixth in Southeastern Conference history in strikeouts. Thompson earned three SEC Pitcher of the Week honors during her senior season. Thompson became the eighth player in Southeastern Conference history to join the 1,000 K Club after striking out Keima Davis of Alabama on a swinging strike three to end the third inning of game three of the series.
- Junior Kyndall White was chosen to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team in a vote by league coaches. It was White’s first All-SEC Team honor, which is based on conference-only stats. In SEC games this season, White hit .321 (17-for-53) with seven home runs, a .419 on-base percentage and committed just one error at 3B in 17 games. White missed the first 11 games of league play with an injury. It marked the seventh consecutive season the Tigers had at least one player voted to the All-SEC Team.
- White led the Tigers with a career-best 14 home runs during the season. White had eight career home runs entering the 2010 season, hitting three as a freshman in 2008 and five in 2009. White is now seventh in Auburn history with 22 career homers and is 20 off the career record of 42 by Mary Petrie (1998-2001). White’s 14 homers this season rank as the second-most in a single-season in AU history. Sophomore Elizabeth Eisterhold
hit 11 home runs in 2010 to give her 18 for her career, tying her for 10th in the AU record book.
- The Tigers set a team record by hitting a home run in 10 consecutive games. The previous record of nine straight was set by the 2002 Tigers. Auburn’s 2010 streak began in game two vs. Mississippi State on April 21, with a solo shot from Kyndall White. Auburn then proceeded to hit 15 home runs over the 10-game span. The streak was snapped in a 1-0 loss to Oregon in the first round of the NCAA Atlanta Regional on May 21. White led the Tigers with seven home runs in that stretch, while Elizabeth Eisterhold hit four. Amber Harrison, Lindsey Harrelson, Kelsey Cartwright and Katie Colton each hit one homer.
- Sophomore SS Lauren Guzman owns the Tigers’ longest streak of consecutive starts at 116. The Miami, Fla., native has started every game the past two seasons. Fellow sophomore Amber Harrison owns the second longest game started streak with 61. Harrison started every game in 2010 and the last four games of the 2009 season.
- The Tigers scored 10 runs in the first inning vs. Samford marking the first double-digit run total in an inning since scoring 11 runs in the fourth inning against Kentucky on May 3, 2008, in a 14-1 victory. Auburn pounded out eight hits in the inning vs. Samford, including three home runs. Elizabeth Eisterhold hit a two-run shot, Kyndall White a grand slam and Amber Harrison a solo blast which capped the 10-run outburst. The 10-runs marked the fourth time in program history the Tigers have put up double-digit run totals in one inning. The first came on March 9, 2001, with an 11-run third inning vs. Alabama A&M and the second on April 28, 2002, with a team-record 13-run first inning vs. Kentucky.
- Auburn tied a team record with three home runs in one inning in the 13-0 win over Samford. The Tigers have hit three homers in an inning twice before, with the last coming in 2005 when Auburn hit three in the third inning of game one vs. LSU on April 23. Holly Currie, Sara Dean and Paige Jones each hit solo shots in the 7-4 victory that day. The Tigers also hit three in the second inning of game two against Tennessee on April 20, 2002. Martha Phillips, Ashley Moore and Kasey Angulo each hit two-run home runs against the Lady Vols in Auburn’s 9-0 win.
2010 Game-Winning RBI Leaders (Career total in parenthesis)
Amber Harrison: 6 (9)
Kelsey Cartwright: 5 (5)
Kyndall White: 5 (8)
Caitlin Stangl: 3 (3)
Elizabeth Eisterhold: 3 (8)
Lauren Guzman: 1 (4)
Caitlin Schultze: 1 (1)
Kelley Smiley: 1 (1)
Krista Clyde: 1 (1)
Megan Mitchell: 1 (1)
Lindsey Harrelson: 1 (2)