Notre Dame Tops Tigers At Pepsi Arizona Softball Classic

Feb. 15, 2002

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TUCSON--Megan Ciolli's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th gave NotreDame a 3-2 victory over Auburn in the final Friday game of the PepsiArizona Softball Classic.

Auburn lost its first game of the year and dropped to 9-1. Notre Dameimproved to 1-1.

Tie-breakerRules placed runner Alexis Madrid on second base. A sacrificebunt by Jenny Kriech moved her to third and Ciolli lofted a fly to leftdeep enough for Madrid to easily beat the throw to the plate.

The Irish had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the eighth,but Adrian Bledsoe grounded out to end the threat. In the bottom of theninth, Sara Dean's two-run single staked Auburn to a first-inning lead, but theTigers couldn't get much going after that against Notre Dame starter CarrieWisen and reliever Steffany Stenglein, collecting three more hits from thesecond through eighth innings.

Auburn pitcher Jen Lofton threw shutout ball for four innings until NotreDame scratched out a run with a walk an an infield single in the fifth.Lisa Mattison walked and pinch runner Kas Hoag moved up on a ground-out.With two outs, Alexis Madrid beat out a throw on a chop single and Hoagscored from second.

Andrea Loman's one-out solo home run in the bottom of the sixth greetedAuburn reliever Kristin Keyes to tie the game at two apiece, wrecking Keyesbid for a save and Lofton's chance at the victory.

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