Auburn, Ala. -- Mississippi State's Erin Nesbit provided a pair of
game-winning solo home runs as the Bulldogs swept a softball doubleheader from the Auburn Tigers Wednesday night.
Auburn dropped to 23-22 overall and 6-16 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State improved to 26-24 overall and 7-15 in the SEC. The Tigers return to action this weekend with a three-game series against the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Miss.
Angel Bunner (6-8) started and took the loss for Auburn in game two. Bunner tossed a complete game, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Lindsey Dunlap (5-6) tossed a complete game to earn the win for Mississippi State. Dunlap allowed one run, earned, on four hits with seven walks and five strikeouts.
The Bulldogs took advantage of an Auburn error to plate the first run of the game. In the top of the first, Kaili Smith singled with two outs and was followed by Brittany Bell who doubled to center. On the relay throw in, Lauren Guzman dropped the ball and as it rolled, Smith scored from third to give Mississippi State a 1-0 lead.
Kyndall White tied the game at 1-1 for the Tigers with a one-out, home run in the bottom of the third. White's home run cleared the wall in left and was her seventh home run of the season and 15th of her career.
Erin Nesbit gave Mississippi State the lead with a solo home run to lead off the top of the fifth inning. It was Nesbit's second home run of the day and sixth of the season.
Auburn put the tying run on in the bottom of the seventh when Katie Colton drew a two-out walk. That was followed by a walk to Amber Harrison and when Lauren Guzman's ground ball to third was booted, the bases were loaded. On a 1-0 pitch, Elizabeth Eisterhold cranked a fly ball to center that fell just short of clearing the wall and was caught for the third out to end the game.
In game one, Erin Nesbit's solo home run in the sixth inning broke a tie game and lifted Mississippi State to a 3-2 victory over Auburn.
Anna Thompson took the loss in relief to fall to 13-8. Thompson went 3.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Lauren Schmalz started for Auburn and went 1.2 innings, allowing one run, earned, on three hits with two walks.
Misty Flesher started and went the distance to improve to 12-8.
Flesher allowed two runs, both earned, on seven hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.
In the top of the second inning, Chelsea Bramlett gave Mississippi State a 1-0 lead with a two out single up the middle that scored pinch-runner Allie Heon from second. Heon ran for Courtney Nesbit who singled to open the inning and was followed by Erin Nesbit who drew a walk to put two on with no outs.
The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Kelley Smiley singled home Elizabeth Eisterhold from third. Eisterhold singled up the middle with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch.
A ground out moved Eisterhold to third to set up Smiley's game-tying single through left side.
The Bulldogs regained the lead at 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Jessie Spain doubled down the left field line off Thompson to drive home Erin Nesbit. Nesbit doubled with one out to set up the go-ahead run.
Lauren Guzman tied the game with a one-out single that plated Katie Colton in the bottom of the fifth inning. Colton drew a one-out walk and moved to second when shortstop Erin Nesbit booted a ground ball by Amber Harrison to put two on.
Erin Nesbit broke the tie with a one-out, solo home run to left in the top of the sixth inning. It was Nesbit's fifth home run of the season and came on a 2-0 pitch from Thompson.
The Tigers put the tying run on the bottom of the seventh when Harrison drew a one-out walk. But, Flesher retired the next two hitters to end the game and seal the Bulldog victory.