Thompson Throws No-Hitter; Fans 25 In Two Games As Auburn Softball Wins Twice

Auburn, Ala.  --   Auburn pitcher Anna Thompson threw a no-hitter and fanned 16 in a 1-0 win over Louisiana Tech and then fanned nine to earn the save in a 9-1 win over Tennessee State in the first day of the War Eagle Classic Tournament.

Auburn improved to 11-6 with the two wins. The Tigers will next play Gardner-Webb at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Thompson's line for the two games, 10.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 25 K's, 34 batters faced. Thompson improved to 5-4 with the win over Louisiana Tech (8-6) and earned her third save of the season against Tennessee State (2-8).

With the save, Thompson moved into a tie for seventh place in Southeastern Conference history with 12 saves. Thompson now has 911 strikeouts for her career, which places her alone in seventh place in SEC history. Thompson is 134 strikeouts away from a tie from sixth place in SEC history.

Angel Bunner (4-1) earned the win against Tennessee State. Bunner started and went 3.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Caitlin Eaton took the loss for Tennessee State. Eaton fell to 2-3 with loss.

The Tigers got on the board in the second inning when Lauren Guzman drilled a two-out double to the wall in center to score Krista Clyde for a 1-0 Auburn lead. Clyde reached on a one-out walk and stole second to move into scoring position.

Auburn got some breathing room in the fourth inning. Kyndall White opened the inning with a double. Aurora Salter came in to run for White and came around to score on a double down the line to left by Kelsey Cartwright. The run gave Auburn a 2-0 lead.

Krista Clyde followed with a fly ball that was dropped by the centerfielder, allowing Cartwright to score and push the lead to 3-0. Caitlin Schuzlte then brought Clyde home with a ground out to short that gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

Tennessee State made it a 4-1 game when Tamara Perkins tripled and came around to score on a double to right by Jalisa Bradley. The double came off reliever Jenee Loree who entered to face Bradley and was then pulled for Thompson. Thompson entered with one out and quickly retired the side to end the rally. The Tigers blew the game open in the seventh inning, putting up five runs for the final 9-1 victory.

In the first game of the day against Louisiana Tech, Anna Thompson threw her first collegiate no-hitter and racked up a season-high 16 strikeouts to lead the Tigers to a 1-0 victory over Louisiana Tech. Auburn improved to 10-6 with the win and Louisiana Tech dropped to 8-6.

Thompson's line for the game: 7.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 BB, 16 K's, 22 batters faced. The Huntsville, Ala., native recorded strikeouts for the first seven outs of the game and had another string of seven consecutive strikeouts from the fourth inning to the first out of the sixth inning.

Thompson recorded just five non-strikeout outs in the game, with one ground out, three fly outs and one caught stealing.

Through four innings of play, Thompson had struck out 10 of 13 batters faced. The only batter to reach was Amberly Waits who benefited from an error on Kelley Smiley at first who dropped a throw from third.

At the start of the fifth inning, Thompson had thrown 50 pitches with 38 going for strikes. Thompson got Heather Doiron on a swinging third strike for her 11th whiff of the game to open the inning. Thompson continued the trend with a called third strike on Meghan Knowles and got Amanda Parsonage swinging for strike three to set the side down in order and end the inning with her 13th strikeout.

Thompson continued to mow through the Louisiana Tech lineup in the sixth inning, needing just eight pitches to retire the side in order. Thompson fanned Claire Gibson and got Christine Gamboa and Kendra Harmon to fly out for the final two outs of the inning.

Amber Harrison opened the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single up the middle. It was just the second hit of the game for the Tigers. Harrison wasted no time advancing, stealing second on the second pitch to Kelsey Cartwright.

Cartwright was able to move Harrison to third with a sharp ground out to shortstop for the first out of the inning. Kyndall White got Harrison home with a squeeze bunt to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Thompson entered the top of the seventh having thrown 74 pitches with 56 going for strikes. The senior hurler needed three pitches to strikeout Kylie Bassett for the first out. Thompson then issued her first walk of the day, going high on 3-2 to Waits to put the tying run aboard.

Waits was quickly dispatched, however, as catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold threw her out on an attempted steal. Thompson then got Jessica Kirby swinging for strike three to end the game and complete the no-hit effort.