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AU softball team makes history

AUBURN – Auburn’s softball team made school history Sunday and did it in dramatic fashion.

Angel Bunner threw out the potential tying run at home and got the win in relief

Pitcher Angel Bunner threw out the potential tying run at home for the final out of the game as No. 25 Auburn beat No. 4 Georgia 3-2 at Jane B. Moore Field. It was the first series win over a top 5 team in the 15-year history of Auburn softball.

With Auburn leading 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Megan Williams’ two-out drive bounced of the top of the wall in right. Shortstop Lauren Guzman’s relay throw skipped away from third baseman Kyndall White. Wiggins raced for home. Bunner, backup uips the play, threw to catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold, who applied the tag for the game-ending out.

“I’m so extremely proud of the way this team hustled and fought this weekend,” Auburn coach Tina Deese said. “Our pitchers did a great job holding Georgia to just three runs in the last two games. Angel came in today and pitched very well. I can’t recall an ending exactly like that. It was very exciting and just a great way to win a ballgame.”

Bunner threw four shutout innings of relief of starter Jenee Loree as the Tigers overcame a 2-0 first-inning deficit. Bunner improved her record to 13-6.

Auburn improved to 36-15 overall and 13-12 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia fell to 42-9 and 15-8. Georgia won the series opener 6-1 Friday. Auburn won 3-1 Saturday to set up Sunday’s rubber game.

Georgia got all its runs in the top of the first on a two-run homer by Briana Hesson. Auburn made it 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on Kelsey Cartwright’s run-scoring single.

Morgan Estell scored on an error in the third to tie the game at 2-2.

Auburn scored the game-winner in the sixth when Cartwright doubled, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on Kelley Smiley’s chopper over third base.

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