Auburn, Ala. -- Three home runs and eight hits produced a 10-run first inning for the Auburn softball team as the Tigers cruised to 13-0 victory over Samford Wednesday night at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn improved to 21-15 with the victory, while Samford dropped to 11-22. The Tigers return to action this weekend when they host No. 16 Tennessee. Game one of the series begins at 1 p.m. CT Saturday with game two following 30 minutes after the conclusion of that game. Sunday's single-game finale begins at 1 p.m. and will air live on SportsSouth, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Houston, and FOX Sports South in Kentucky.
Auburn pitcher Anna Thompson started and earned the win to improve to 12-6 on the season. Thompson allowed one hit, walked one and struck out eight in a 5.0 inning complete-game effort.
Stephanie Royall started and took the loss for Samford to fall to 6-5. Royall allowed seven runs, all earned, on six hits in one-third of an inning.
The Tigers did the bulk of the damage in the first inning. The 10 runs is the most in an inning for Auburn since scoring 11 runs in the fourth inning against Kentucky on May 3, 2008, in a 14-1 victory.
Amber Harrison gave the Tigers their first run of the game with a double to the gap in left-center that scored Kyndall White for a 1-0 Auburn lead. White opened the inning with a single back up the middle and moved to second on a ground out.
Elizabeth Eisterhold followed with a two-run home run to right-center to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. It was Eisterhold's fourth home run of the season and her 11th career blast. Eisterhold was followed by Kelsey Cartwright who doubled off the wall in right-center and Lauren Guzman who singled to put runners on the corners. Kelley Smiley then bunted for a single, which scored Cartwright to give Auburn a 4-0 lead.
Still in the first, Katie Colton was hit by a pitch to load the bases and a Krista Clyde followed with another HBP to force Guzman home and give Auburn a 5-0 lead, still with only one out. With the bases juiced, White returned to bat and launched a grand slam to center to make it a 9-0 game. It was White's 13th career home run and fifth of the season.
With two outs in the first Harrison crushed a solo home run to center to push the Auburn lead to 10-0.
Auburn added to its lead in the fourth inning. Catcher Aurora Salter singled through the right side for her first career hit and was followed by Janelle Green who doubled off the wall in right-center to put runners at second and third. Liana Wuchte singled to left to score Salter and give the Tigers an 11-0 lead.
White followed with a double to center to score Green and Wuchte to push the lead to 13-0 and cap the scoring.
Samford would get two runners on in the top of the fifth via an error and single, but Thompson the next two hitters to end the game.