Auburn, Ala. -- A pair of two-out rallies and 12 strikeouts from pitcher Anna Thompson lifted the Auburn softball team to a 3-1 victory over Troy Wednesday night at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn improved to 20-12 overall, while Troy fell to 19-16 on the season. The Tigers return to action this weekend with a three game series at home against No. 8 Alabama. Game one of the series will be at
6 p.m. Friday. Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Game one of the doubleheader will be aired live on CSS. Game two will be tape delayed and will air on April 4, at 3 p.m.
Thompson (10-5) went the distance for her eighth complete game of the season. Thompson tossed 7.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, on two hits and one walk. The 12 strikeouts marked the 10th double digit strikeout performance by Thompson this season.
Thompson upped her career strikeout total to 995, leaving her five shy of becoming the seventh player in Southeastern Conference history to record 1,000 strikeouts.
Ashlyn Williams started and took the loss for Troy to fall to 15-12. Williams went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on
six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
The Tigers put up the first run of the game, taking advantage of a two-out hit from Caitlin Stangl. Katie Colton reached on a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the third inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kelley Smiley.
After a ground out moved Colton to third, Stangl hit a soft chopper through the hole on the right side to score Colton and give Auburn a 1-0 lead.
A two-out rally in the fifth inning gave Auburn breathing room. Smiley singled with one out and moved to second when Stangl was hit by a pitch.
Amber Harrison then drilled a single to center to score Smiley and give the Tigers a 2-0 edge. Elizabeth Eisterhold followed with a single to shallow right field on an 0-2 pitch to push Stangl home and give the Tigers a three-run cushion.
Troy got its only run of the game on a leadoff home run from Hayden Gann in the top of the seventh inning. Thompson quickly recovered and retired the next three Troy hitters to preserve the 3-1 victory.