AUBURN — Auburn softball senior Anna Thompson has been named
the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second
consecutive week, the league office announced Monday.
The Huntsville, Ala., native has now earned three SEC Pitcher of
the Week honors in her career. Thompson was named SEC Pitcher of the
Week on March 8 earlier this season and once in 2009.
"Anna has had a remarkable season to this point," Auburn
head coach Tina Deese said. "She committed herself to making this
season her best and the results certainly reflect that determination. We
got off to a good start in SEC play over the weekend, with Anna earning
the win in both victories against Kentucky, and now we have to take what
we have done and carry it forward."
Against Kentucky, Thompson started and threw a pair of complete
games in notching wins in games one and three of the series. For the
weekend, Thompson threw 16.0 innings, allowed 10 hits, two runs, one
earned run, walked four and struck out 18 batters. Thompson allowed only
2-of-16 leadoff hitters to reach base in the two games and held Kentucky
to a .175 batting average.
In game one of the series, Thompson went seven innings, allowing
two runs, one earned, on three hits. The senior hurler retired the first
10 Kentucky batters of the game before a one-out hit in the fourth
inning gave the Wildcats their first base runner.
Thompson's win in game three was a nine-inning shutout,
marking her fourth shutout in eight starts this season. The nine inning
performance is the longest for Thompson this season and the third
longest of her career.
The shutout was the 16th of Thompson's career which is the
second most in Auburn history. Thompson is seven shutouts off the Auburn
record of 23 held by Holly Currie and Kristen Keyes.
Thompson and the Tigers (15-7, 2-1 SEC) hit the road to take on
No. 4 Florida on Wednesday in Gainesville. The Tigers and Gators play a
double-header beginning at 3 p.m. CT. Auburn then travels to Tallahassee
to take on No. 16 Florida State in a single game on Thursday beginning
at 2 p.m. CT.
Auburn rounds out the week with a trip to Baton Rouge to play
No. 14 LSU in a three-game set. The teams play a double-header beginning
at 1 p.m. CT Saturday and single game also starting at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.