Tigers Stay Alive With Win Over LSU

Gainesville, Fla.--Third-seeded Auburn advanced to play top-seeded Georgia at 7:30 p.m. EST Saturday by defeating eighth-seeded LSU, 4-3, at the Florida Softball Stadium in a loser's bracket game for both teams.

Auburn advanced further into the tournament after scoring a run in the third and three more in the sixth inning to earn the victory. LSU (31-23 overall) pulled to within one after capitalizing on two Auburn errors in the sixth, but the Tigers were able to hold off the Bengal Tigers and advance in the tournament.

"Overall, the girls played great," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "It was a total team effort. Holly did her job on the mound. Amy Shaw, she's been a sparkplug for us, getting on base."

Holly Currie threw 5 1/3 innings for her 24th victory of the season. She allowed three hits and two runs - one unearned - while striking out six. She gave way to Beth DiPietro in the sixth, who gave up a run but held steady to push Auburn's overall record to 49-15. DiPietro now has four saves this season.

Ashley Griffin

Emily Turner threw well for LSU, going to the distance. However, she fell to 17-16 on the season after allowing six hits and four runs while striking out eight.

The Tigers opened the game's scoring in the third. With Lauren Walton pinch running at second base for Anne Norton, who had walked to start the inning, Kristina McCain posted Auburn's first hit of the game. The sophomore laced a single through the right side of the infield, allowing Walton to score from second.

The Tigers extended their one-run lead with three in the sixth. Amy Shaw reached on a bunt single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by McCain. Shaw moved to third a batter later on Ashley Griffin's infield single.

Both Shaw and Griffin scored when Holly Currie connected on an Emily Turner one-out pitch and doubled to right center. Griffin initially stopped at third on the play, but scored on a throwing error by the LSU second baseman. Currie made it three runs in the inning when she scored on Sara Dean's team-leading seventh sacrifice fly. "Holly's hit toward the end proved to be very big," Deese said.

LSU scored all of its runs in the sixth. Lauren Delahoussaye came home for the Bengal Tigers' first run of the game after Andrea Smith singled to right and Auburn committed an error. Two batters later, Camille Harris singled to right center, scoring two.

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The Tigers and Bulldogs will square off at 7:30 p.m. If Auburn wins the game, the Tigers and Bulldogs will play again Sunday at 9:30 a.m. EST.

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