Troy softball falls in season opener at Auburn

Published 3:02 am Saturday, February 7, 2015

Troy University softball fell in its season opener Thursday, 15-5 to No. 20/19 ranked Auburn in Auburn.

Troy (0-1) got off to a solid offensive start, earning four runs in the top of the first.

Hannah Day led the game off with her first career hit, a single up the middle of the infield.

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After Amanda Winters added her own single up the middle, a wild pitch and subsequent walk loaded the bases for the Trojans.

After a strikeout, Becca Hartley drove in the first run of the game, and Khadija Neely drove in two runs with a double.

Two pitches later, Heather Johnston drove in Neely, making it four runs for the Trojans in the top of the first.

But Auburn (1-0) responded with a big first inning of its own, scoring 10 runs, highlighted by an Emily Carosone grand slam over the left field wall.

The Tigers’ batters found success in just about every inning, scoring in four of the game’s five innings.

Senior pitcher Jaycee Affeldt (0-1) got the first start of the season for the Trojans, recording her first loss of the year.

Affeldt racked up an ERA of 11 on 2.1 innings pitched and recorded three strikeouts.

In relief of Affeldt, junior Ashley Rainey finished with an ERA of 1 with two strikeouts on 1.2 innings pitched.

And junior Sara Mock finished with an ERA of 2 on 0.0 innings pitched.

Troy will now look forward to its home opener on Friday in the Troy Classic against Florida A&M at 7:30 p.m.