Huntsville, Ala. – Auburn junior Megan Mitchell tripled and drove in two runs while senior pitcher Anna Thompson tossed a complete-game shutout as the Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee 7-0 in softball Wednesday night.
Auburn improved to 27-23 overall, while Middle Tennessee dropped to 19-24 overall. The Tigers take a break from action this weekend and return to host Arkansas May 8-9 in the final regular season series of the season.
Thompson earned the win for the Tigers to 15-8. Thompson scattered four hits, did not issue a walk and fanned five. With the five strikeouts, Thompson took sole possession of seventh place in Southeastern Conference history with 1,048 career strikeouts.
Janele Robinson (2-7) started and took the loss for Middle Tennessee. Robinson went 4.1 innings, allowed seven runs, all earned, on eight hits with two walks. Caty Jutson tossed the final one-third, allowing one run, earned, on three hits.
The Tigers jumped on top in the bottom of the second inning when Megan Mitchell squeeze bunted Kelsey Cartwright home from third.
Cartwright walked with one out and moved to third on a hard single to short by Kelley Smiley. Mitchell followed with a RBI bunt that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Kyndall White gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead with a two-run home run to left-center in the bottom of the third inning. It was White's 18th career home run and her 10th of the season. It also marked the sixth consecutive game the Tigers have hit a home run.
The Tigers pushed the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI triple to right-center that scored Cartwright from second. Cartwright singled to open the AU half of the inning and moved to second on a ground out, setting up Mitchell's second RBI of the game.
Elizabeth Eisterhold made it 5-0 with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Caitlin Stangl laced a single up the middle to open the inning and moved to second when White walked. Eisterhold then laced a double to the wall in left that scored Stangl and moved White to third. Robinson then uncorked a wild pitch that plated White and pushed the Auburn lead to 6-0.
Following a pitching change that brought Jutson in, Cartwright singled up the middle to score pinch-runner Baylee Stephens, running for Eisterhold, to make it a 7-0 lead for the Tigers. Smiley followed with single and double steal put runners on third and second. Lindsey Harrelson followed with a single through the left side to score Cartwright to make it 8-0 and end the game on the run rule.