Softball drops 2 to Tide

SOFTBALL

Tigers drop 2 to Tide

The Lady Tigers drop two to the Tide

TUSCALOOSA — The 23rd-ranked Auburn softball team committed five errors on the day and the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide took advantage to sweep a doubleheader against the Tigers on Wednesday. Alabama won Game 1, 6-1 and Game 2, 8-2.

Auburn falls to 22-4 overall and 3-2 in the SEC, while Alabama improves to 26-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC.

Jenee Loree started Game 2 and took the loss to fall to 6-2. Loree allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Jackie Traina started and earned the win to improve to 11-0.

Traina allowed one run, earned, on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

Morgan Estell gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run to center to open the game. It was Estell’s fourth home run of the season and her second of the day.

The Crimson Tide answered right back in the bottom of the first.

With two outs, Traina ripped a two-run home run to center that gave Alabama a 2-1 lead. It was Traina’s 12th home run of the season and it came with Jazlyn Lunceford (fielder’s choice) aboard.

Alabama extended its lead in the second inning to 5-1 after some poor fielding by the Tigers on multiple at-bats.

Cassie Reilly-Boccia opened the bottom of the third inning with a double down the line in right. It chased Loree from the game and brought Bunner in to pitch. Facing the same batter, Bunner threw two illegal pitches to advance Reilly-Boccia from second base to home, to give Alabama a 6-1 lead.

Still in the third inning, Courtney Conley gave Alabama a 7-1 lead with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Dawson, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Dawson advanced to third when Katie Colton booted a single to left field off the bat of Kaila Hunt.

Bunner’s fifth illegal pitch of the night gave Alabama its eighth and final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Tigers scored a run in the top of the seventh when Amber Harrison scored on a passed ball. Harrison doubled and advanced to third on a ground out to set up the last run.

In Game 1, Alabama broke a tie game with three two-out runs in the third inning to win 6-1.

Lauren Schmalz started and took the loss to fall to 10-1.

Schmalz pitched six innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits with five walks and seven strikeouts.

Kelsi Dunne improved to 11-1 with the complete-game victory.

Dunne allowed one run, earned, on five hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts.

MEN’S TENNIS

Tigers down USF

TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 26 Auburn men’s tennis team defeated No. 50 South Florida, 5-2, at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts, in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. With the win, the Tigers move to 9-6 on the year.

Auburn came out strong in doubles, winning all three matches by a score of 8-5. Lucas Loppasso and Rafael Rondino defeated Wael Kalani and Federico Sabogal on Court 3.

In the No. 2 position, No. 63 Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies clinched the doubles point by beating Yannick Yoshizawa and Romain Deridder. On Court 1, Tim Puetz and Daniel Cochrane toppled Lucas Jovita and Jamal Adderley to finish off the sweep.

In singles, No. 121 Mies cruised past USF’s Sabogal, 6-0, 6-3. No. 31 Puetz gave Auburn a 3-0 advantage against the Bulls by defeating No. 73 Lucas Jovita, 6-2, 6-1.

South Florida received its first point of the match from Wael Kalani, who defeated Auburn’s Tim Hewitt, 6-4, 6-3. The Bulls would cut the Auburn lead to 3-2 after Yoshizawa beat the Tigers’ Rondino in three sets, (3-6, 6-3, 7-5).

Auburn clinched the win with a victory from No. 104 Stamchev, who completed a three-set victory over Adderley, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. No. 105 Cochrane finished out the five-hour match with a 6-7, 7-4, 7-5 win over USF’s Deridder.

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