Auburn Beats Ohio 6-0 In Softball

Auburn, Ala. --  Auburn pitcher Anna Thompson tossed a three-hit shutout and Kyndall White added a grand slam as the Tigers claimed a 6-0 victory over Ohio University in softball action Friday night.

Auburn improved to 4-3 with the win, while Ohio fell to 1-6. The Tigers return to action in the second day of the Tiger Invitational Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. game against Nebraska and a 3 p.m. game against Central Michigan.

Thompson improved to 2-2 in throwing a complete game. Thompson scattered three hits, allowing a hit in the fourth inning and two in the seventh, while striking out seven in 7.0 IP. Thompson did not issue a walk.

Melissa Bonner took the loss for Ohio to drop to 0-3. Bonner allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6.1 IP.

Kelsey Cartwright put the Tigers on the board in the fifth inning with a two-out single up the middle. Katie Colton scored from second on the play to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Colton reached on a one-out single and moved to second on a throwing error by Ohio first baseman Deanna Hartsaugh attempting to get the lead runner on a ground ball hit by Kyndall White. Cartwright then delivered a sharp single up the middle for her fourth RBI of the season.

Lauren Guzman gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Elizabeth Eisterhold singled to open the sixth and moved to second on a wild pitch. Kelley Smiley reached on an infield single that also moved Eisterhold to third, setting up Guzman's sacrifice fly.

The Tigers broke the game open in the top of the seventh when White cracked her first career grand slam to give Auburn a 6-0 edge. The bomb came with three on base, Krista Clyde (double), Amber Harrison

(walk) and Caitlin Stangl who re-entered to run after Caitlin Schulze singled through the left side.

As a team, Auburn has hit three home runs this season with all three grand slams. The three grand slams in one season is a team record for the Tigers.