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Auburn Softball Tops No. 19 FSU 1-0 in 9 innings

Tallahassee, Fla. --  Auburn's Caitlin Stangl scored the game's only run in the top of the ninth on an error as the Tigers softball team defeated No. 19 Florida State 1-0 Thursday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.


      The Tigers improved to 16-9 overall, while FSU fell to 24-5.

Auburn now travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU in a weekend series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.


      Angel Bunner earned the win in relief to improve to 6-4. Bunner went 5.2 innings, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out two.


      Auburn starter Anna Thompson went 3.1 innings in her shortest outing of the year. Thompson did not allow a run and gave up six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.


      FSU starter Sarah Hamilton went the distance in the loss.

Hamilton (12-3) went 9.0 innings, allowing one run, unearned, on four hits with a career-high 20 strikeouts.


      Both pitchers dominated early, with Hamilton working on a perfect game through the first four innings. Hamilton fanned eight straight during one stretch.


      For the Tigers, despite surrendering four hits through three innings Thompson had kept the Seminoles off the scoreboard. Thompson fanned seven through three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth.



      With one out, Thompson gave up consecutive singles to put runners at first and second and was lifted for Bunner. After getting a flyout, the Tigers appeared to be out of the inning until Lauren Guzman booted a ground ball at short allowing the ‘Noles to load the bases.

Guzman atoned for the error with a putout at second on a fielder's choice that ended the inning without a run scoring.


      Hamilton maintained her perfect game through six innings, striking out 14 hitters, but Caitlin Stangl ruined the bid with a clean single into left field to lead off the seventh inning. The Tigers, however, were unable to take advantage and push across a run.


      In the bottom of the seventh, Ashley Stager singled to center and, when centerfielder Lindsey Harrelson mishandled the ball, advanced to second with one out. Bunner then threw wild on ball four, walking Carly Wynn and allowing Stager to move to third. Catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold's throw back to Bunner rolled under her glove, allowing Wynn to move to second on the play.


      Bunner then got Tiffani Brown on a swinging third strike for the second out of the inning. Bunner worked out of the jam when she forced a pop up to second off the bat of Shayla Jackson for the third out and send the game to extra innings.


      In the top of the ninth, Stangl singled with two outs. Kelley Smiley then hit a roller to second, but beat the throw. Stangl attempted to get to third on the play and when the throw from second skipped past third, Stangl scored the game's first run giving Auburn a 1-0 lead.


      In the bottom of the ninth, the ‘Noles threatened with two outs with runners at second and third on a pair of singles and one Auburn error, but a line out to Kelsey Cartwright off Jackson's bat ended the game.

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