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    Auburn Remains Unbeaten

    Auburn, Ala. --  Freshman Emily Carosone drove in three runs to help lead the Auburn softball team to a 7-1 win over Indiana State Thursday night at Jane B. Moore Field.

    Auburn improved to 7-0 with the victory. Indiana State dropped to 4-2. The Tigers will play Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m. and Bryant at 3 p.m. on Friday.

    “I was really happy with our team speed and our aggressiveness on the bases tonight,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “We were really able to use our speed to set up some scoring situations.”

    Hilary Mavromat improved to 2-0 with a complete-game win. Mavromat allowed one run, earned, on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

    Stephanie Fougerousse took the loss in relief to fall to 2-1. Fougerousse allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout in three and two-thirds innings. Ashli Scott started and went two and one-third innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with five walks and no strikeouts.

    The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Brooke Lathan singled home Branndi Melero, who had reached on a one-out single. After Melero singled, McKenzie Kilpatrick hit a ground ball to short that Morgan Allee fielded but threw wildly to second on an attempted force out. Lathan followed with the RBI single which would cap the scoring in the inning.

    The lead was quickly erased as Shelby Wilson crushed a leadoff home run off the scoreboard in left-center to even the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning. It was Wilson’s second home run of the season.

    The Tigers took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Melero opened with a double to center and was followed by Kilpatrick who walked and Lathan who reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Caitlin Jordan then gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with a single through the left side which plated Melero. Kilpatrick was thrown out at home on the play for the first out of the inning.

    A double steal put Lathan at third and Jordan at second, Emily Carosone then chopped an infield single to third which plated Lathan for a 3-1 Auburn lead. Fougerousse would force a pair of ground outs to end the inning with two runs scoring.

    The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Tiffany Howard led off with a single and quickly stole second. Howard took third on a single to right by Morgan Estell, who alertly took second on the relay throw. Melero followed with a ground ball to Megan Stone at first who fired home, but was unable to beat Howard who scored the fourth Auburn run of the night. Melero took second on the play.

    Kilpatrick hit a chopper back to Fougerousse who fired home. Estell was caught in a rundown between third and home, but was able to score when Fougerousse dropped the throw from third. Estell’s run made it 5-1. Carosone made it a 7-1 game with a two-run single that plated Kilpatrick and Lathan, both reaching on fielder’s choices.

    Mavromat put the Sycamores down in order in the top of the seventh to keep the Tigers unbeaten on the season.

    Cumbess, Nunley Pitch UK to Wins over Cal Poly, San Diego St.

    SAN DIEGO – University of Kentucky junior pitcher Lauren Cumbess and freshman hurler Kelsey Nunley continued their strong starts to the 2013 season, throwing complete game wins to defeat Cal Poly and San Diego State University in its first day of play in the 23rd Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday.

    Cumbess set the table for the two-win day for Kentucky, going seven strong innings against Cal Poly. The native of Normal, Ill., got a do-it-all effort from Cumbess, who went the distance in game one, allowing no runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. At the plate, Cumbess scored the only run of the game in the win, blasting her first homer of the season well over the wall in left field. It was Cumbess’ seventh homer of her career.

    Cumbess is now 2-1 on the season with a 1.67 ERA, throwing 21.0 innings, allowing five runs while striking out 16. Offensively, Cumbess is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with two doubles, a homer and six RBI.

    Nunley was equally as impressive in the circle in UK’s second game, throwing her third complete game of the season to earn her fourth win. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., silenced San Diego State’s bats in the win, throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, while striking out seven and only walking two.

    For the season, Nunley is 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA, throwing 24.1 innings with seven runs allowed and 26 strikeouts. Nunley has gone the distance in all three of her starts, allowing only two earned runs with 24 strikeouts. In all, Cumbess and Nunley threw 14 innings combined Friday, allowing no runs and only seven hits with 14 strikeouts and only three walks.

    Offensively, sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner and freshman infielder Christian Stokes led UK. Both stars went 2-for-4 on the day with Joiner hitting a double and scoring a run, while Stokes posted two RBI. Cumbess and senior Alice O’Brien each launched doubles on the day with O’Brien collecting two RBI.  .

    The Wildcats scored a run in each of the first two innings against San Diego State. Joiner started the rally for UK in the first innings, ripping a double down the right-field line. The sophomore then came home to score when O’Brien doubled to left field, giving UK a 1-0 lead.

    UK got its second run in the second inning after junior Emily Gaines started things off with a single, getting pinch-ran for by freshman Darington Richardson. After Krystal Smith laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Richardson to second, Stokes would earn a two-out single to score Richardson and give UK the 2-0 advantage.

    Junior outfielder Kara Howard may have saved the game for Kentucky in the bottom of the sixth inning. The defensive star came on as a defensive replacement to start the inning and with runners on first and second and one out, Lorena Bauer ripped a line drive to left field, backing Howard to the warning track where she would make an impressive running catch for the second out. Nunley then get a pop up to end the inning.

    Kentucky put an exclamation point on the win with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. One run scored on a single by Stokes – her second RBI of the game – while UK’s fourth run came on a RBI single by O’Brien.

    Before Cumbess’ homer against Cal Poly in the fourth inning, UK outfielder Sylver Samuel provided UK with one of the best defensive plays of the season in the fourth inning. After an error to start the inning and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second with two outs, Cal Poly’s Breana West hit a single to center field that Samuel fielded and threw home to Joiner, who blocked the plate and applied a great tag to keep the game scoreless.

    Cumbess worked out of trouble in the seventh inning to get the win, her second of the season. After hitting the leadoff batter, Cumbess got the next batter to ground into a fielder’s choice, leaving a runner at first with one out. Cumbess then gave up a single to put runners on first and second, but fielded her position well on the next play, throwing to third to get the lead runner and give UK two outs. Cumbess then got a strikeout to end the game and preserve the UK win.