Auburn, Ala.--It was almost lost weekend for the Auburn softball Tigers, but a triple comeback victory in the finale of a three-game series vs. Alabama prevented a sweep as the Tigers won in walk-off fashion in extra innings.
After second baseman Emily Carosone tied the game with a two RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, Tiffany Howard scored from second base on a one-out ground ball to the shortstop that the Tide second baseman threw away while trying to turn a double play. That gave the Tigers a thrilling 13-12 victory.
After being shut out for the first time this season in a 6-0 setback on Friday night, the Tigers were outscored 13-3 in the first game on Saturday.
Auburn’s record is 41-9 overall and 13-5 in the SEC while Alabama moved to 35-10 overall and 12-6 in the league.
“For us it was all about battling,” said Carosone, who finished game two with four hits and four RBI. “We could have easily rolled over and just given it to them, but we wanted to win. We did not want to get swept. That is not acceptable.”
Auburn trailed 5-0 after one inning and the Tigers were again down by five runs at 10-5 in the sixth before sending the contest to extra innings with four runs in the sixth with the help of a three-run homer by Jenna Abbott plus one more run in the seventh.
Alabama regained the lead with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning before the Tigers topped that with three in the bottom half of the inning.
Despite the victory on Saturday night, the Tigers ended their streak of winning every SEC series.
“This a great example of what we have to do to get ready for the postseason,” Auburn coach Clint Myers said, noting Alabama has a “quality team.” The coach added, “I was very proud of the way we fought back.
“It shows their resiliency and the quality of their character,” Myers added. “Do we have to get better? Oh, yeah. We have to pitch much better and I was a little disappointed we had three errors. That is uncharacteristic of us.”
In the first game on Saturday the Tigers led 3-2 after two innings, but the pitching couldn’t hold up. Alabama tied the contest with a single run in the fourth inning and then added three, one and six runs in the next three innings to cruise to a 13-3 victory.
The Tide finished with 14 hits to just five for the Tigers. Lexi Davis was charged with 11 of the runs, dropping her record to 17-2 for the season.
The Tigers return to action on Friday to open a three-game home series vs. Arkansas.
Auburn went into the weekend with a one-game lead in the SEC race, but finished Saturday night in third place behind Florida (13-4) and LSU (12-4).