Feb. 18, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The Southern Miss (3-4) dropped its second game of the day in the Tiger Invitational to host Auburn in a 3-0 loss.
Beth Dietrich (1-2) took the loss for the Golden Eagles while Jenee Loree (2-0) allowed only one hit in the complete game shutout as she did not give up a walk and struck out seven.
The game started out as a pitchers' duel as the two allowed only one base runner in the first two innings.
"Beth threw well for us in the second game," Coach Howard Dobson said. "Tip your hat to Jenee Loree, she threw well against us. She kept us in check, getting both sides of the plate and hit her spots, so when that happens, you tip your hat, and go in and battle. Beth gave us a shot to at least swing the bats to get ourselves back into the game. I was happy with the effort and I thought we fought hard. I was good to see a pitcher dominate us a little bit. I hate to say good; but, it's good for our younger kids grow and mature. One of these days, we'll get our offense and defense on the same page."
Auburn (6-0) scored its first run in the bottom of the third with two outs when Kelley Smiley singled and moved to second when Amber Harrison walked. Smiley came around to score on a Morgan Estell base hit up the middle.
The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, again with two outs, as Smiley singled and Harrison followed with a double to score Smiley. Estell then doubled to right center to score Harrison for the 3-0 lead.
Loree continued to keep the Golden Eagle bats in check through five innings until Taylor Brown got the only hit of the game for the Eagles with a base hit to center.
Southern Miss is back in action on Saturday against Western Carolina at 5:30 p.m.