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Tigers knock off No. 4 Georgia

Lauren Schmalz gave up five hits in complete game performance.

AUBURN – Auburn’s softball team earned perhaps its most important win of the season Saturday, knocking off No. 4 Georgia 3-1 at Jane B. Moore Field.

A three-run first inning was all the Tigers needed. Lauren Schmalz made sure it was enough, going the distance on the mound and giving up just five hits as the No. 25 Tigers improved to 35-15 overall and 12-12 in the SEC. Georgia, a 6-1 winner Friday night, fell to 42-8 and 15-7.

“This was a very good win for our team today,” Auburn coach Tina Deese said. “The players went all-out and never let up. I thought the same thing last night, but we just couldn’t get a few hits to drop. We came out and jumped on top early today. Lauren did a great job holding their 30405 batters without a hit. She kept the ball in the strike zone and did a good job hitting her spots.”

The victory broke a seven-game drought against Georgia and was the Tigers’ first win over a top 5 teams since 2006.

Kelley Smiley’s two-run single and Amber Harrison’s RBI groundout sent the Tigers to a 3-0 lead they would not relinquish. Smiley finished with two of Auburn’s six hits.

The series rubber game is set for today at 1 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field.

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