Thompson Strikeouts Out 15, Leads Auburn Softball to 7-0 Win Over SIUE

Auburn, Ala. --  Auburn pitcher Anna Thompson tossed a one-hit shutout and recorded 15 strikeouts to lead the Tigers to a 7-0 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Sunday afternoon in softball action at Jane B. Moore Field.

Auburn improved to 7-3 with the win and posted a 4-0 record in the Tiger Invitational tournament. Auburn will next play Wednesday night at 5 p.m. at home against Jacksonville State.

"Obviously I am very happy that we got the win and went undefeated in our tournament," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Anna threw very well and did a great job against their hitters.

Offensively, we broke out a little bit in the sixth inning and put up some runs."  The 15 strikeouts for Thompson marked a season high and was three off her career best and school record of 18 strikeouts set in 2009 against Middle Tennessee.

Thompson (3-2) allowed just one hit, an infield single down the third base line, and walked four. Only one runner advanced to second base in the game and only once did Southern Illinois-Edwardsville put more than one base runner on in an inning.

Thompson tossed her second complete game of the season, going 7.0 innings, and posted a 2-0 record with a save in the Tiger Invitational.

Erika Taylor (2-3) took the loss for SIUE (2-7) after allowing seven runs, only two earned, on 10 hits in 6.0 IP.

The Tigers jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Kyndall White opened the frame with a double to right-center and moved to third on a bunt single by Caitlin Stangl.

Caitlin Schultze, making her first start of the season, then laced a double to the gap in right-center to bring White home and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Auburn broke the game open in the sixth inning. Kelley Smiley reached on an error and moved to second on a single by Kelsey Cartwright. White then doubled to right-center to score Smiley and make it a 2-0 game.

Amber Harrison brought Cartwright home with a single to push the lead to 3-0 for the Tigers. Schultze picked up her second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to left that scored White and made it a 4-0 lead.

After a walk to Lindsey Harrelson and a single by Lauren Guzman loaded the bases, Alicia Hunolt doubled to right-center to clear the bases and give the Tigers the final 7-0 victory.