May 22, 2010

Atlanta, Ga. - Auburn pitcher Jenee Loree held Jacksonville State to one run over six innings while the Tigers pounded-out 15 runs on 18 hits to oust the Gamecocks from the NCAA Atlanta Regional with a 15-1 victory.

Loree improved to 4-5 with the win. In 6.0 innings of work, Loree allowed one run, earned, on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Angel Bunner tossed the final inning without allowing a base runner.

Ashley Eliasson took the loss for JSU to fall to 21-9. Eliasson allowed eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Auburn took advantage of a Jacksonville State error to plate three unearned runs in the top of the first inning. Katie Colton reached on a one-out single and moved to third on a double to left by Kyndall White.

With two outs, Kelsey Cartwright chopped back to Eliasson who threw wild to first, allowing Colton and White to score. Cartwright moved to second on the play and scored on a single by Amber Harrison for a 3-0 Auburn lead.

Colton gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead in the second inning when her sacrifice fly to right scored Krista Clyde. Clyde opened the inning with a single and moved to third on a double by Lauren Guzman.

Cartwright pushed the Auburn lead to 5-0 with a solo home run to open the fifth inning. It was Cartwright's third home run of the season and ignited an Auburn rally. Colton forced in a run with a base-loaded walk to make it a 6-0 game. White then drilled a single to right that scored Kelley Smiley (single) and Clyde (single) to give Auburn an 8-0 lead.

On the verge of ending the game on the run rule, Jacksonville State scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hillary Downs singled to open the bottom of the inning and moved to second when Amanda Crow was hit by a pitch. A fielder's choice moved Downs to third and a ground out to short to bring her home to make it an 8-1 game.

A bases-loaded single by White in the top of the seventh inning scored Clyde (walk) to give Auburn a 9-1 advantage. Elizabeth Eisterhold followed with a grand slam to give the Tigers a 13-1 lead. It was Eisterhold's 11th home run of the season. After a double to left by Cartwright, Smiley cranked a two-run shot to center for her first home run of the season to give the Tigers the 15-1 margin of victory.