AU Sports: Softball sweeps MVSU

The ladies sweep Mississippi Valley State

SOFTBALL
Tigers sweep MVSU

The 25th-ranked Auburn softball team combined to score 25 runs on 29 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Valley State on Saturday, winning Game 1, 11-3, and Game 2, 14-1.

Auburn improved to 34-14 overall with the two wins, while Mississippi Valley State fell to 22-21. Auburn returns to action March 29-April 1 at home against No. 3 Georgia.

In Game 2, Auburn scored five runs in the first inning and seven runs in the second inning to cruise to a 14-1 victory. Auburn had a season highs in runs and 16 hits in the game. The 14 runs and 16 hits were the most by Auburn since scoring 15 runs and registering 18 hits against Jacksonville State on May 22, 2010, in the NCAA Atlanta Regional.

Lauren Schmalz improved to 13-5 with the complete-game victory. She allowed just one earned run on four hits, with one walk and 10 strikeouts in five innings of work.

Kimberly Spivey started and took the loss to fall to 13-12.

In game one, Kelsey Cartwright drove in three runs while Lauren Guzman and Elizabeth Eisterhold had two RBI each.

Angel Bunner started and earned the win to improve to 12-5.

TRACK AND FIELD
Auburn wins 3 events at Ole Miss

Auburn track and field athletes won three events Saturday at the Mississippi Open hosted by Ole Miss. The Tigers won one sprint, one relay and one field event.

Auburn had the top two finishers in the women’s 100 meters. Senior Sheniqua Ferguson won with a time of 11.41 seconds, while senior Joanna Atkins was a close second with a time of 11.47 seconds. Their times are the top two women’s finishes in the 100 meters for the Tigers this season. Junior Ashley Cruder also finished fifth, recording a time of 11.89.

Auburn cruised to a victory in the women’s 4×100-meter relay. The team of Cruder, Atkins, Ferguson and junior Nivea Smith clocked a time of 43.95 seconds that is tied for 11th fastest time in the NCAA this year and eighth in school history.

In the women’s 200 meters, Smith recorded the fifth fastest time in school history and tied for the fifth fastest time in the NCAA this year with a time of 22.92 seconds.

On the men’s side, freshman Keenan Brock placed fifth overall and recorded a time of 10.30 seconds in the 100. His time was the third fastest of the season for Auburn.

Freshman Kelley Cutrell was second in the men’s 800 meters and recorded the fastest finish for the Tigers this season with a time of 1:54.06.

In the women’s high jump, sophomore Maya Pressley was first in the event with a leap of 1.78 meters (5-10.00).

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Staff gives back

Auburn University Athletic Department coaches, administrators and staff members will trade a day at the office for a day of community service in Auburn and Opelika on Monday.

More than 100 Athletic Department employees will spend the day volunteering at local agencies and sites as part of the Third Annual “Tigers Give Back” Community Service Day.

Athletic director Jay Jacobs will join those participating, including several head coaches, assistant coaches and support staff.

Athletic staff members will fan out to agencies such as the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County, local schools, nursing homes and the East Alabama Medical Center.

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