Winning 10-1 when the game was stopped in the fifth inning, the Tigers improved their record to 15-5 in the SEC, which is a half game behind league leader Florida. Auburn is now 43-8 after its 21st run rule victory of the season.
Lexi Davis allowed just two runs and did not walk a batter in her five innings of action. She got good support from her fielders who did not commit an error.
Cooper, who also homered for her 17th of the season, led the hit parade with four in four official at-bats.
Coach Clint Myers was very pleased with what he saw from Davis, who had been in a slump in recent weeks, but on Saturday night she was sharp with her location and change-up.
“Every once in a while in sports you are going to have a bump in the road,” Myers said. “Look what Lexi did for us last year. She was the horse and tonight she threw like it. She has been really been working hard. Nobody feels worse about it than Lex--she knows she can pitch better. Tonight she did. She pitched magnificently.
Lexi Davis improved her record to 19-2 this season.
“We have had two great pitched games, said Myers, who got a complete game on Friday night from Marcy Harper. “That is the kind of pitching we think we have,” the coach added.
Davis said she has been working on her mechanics with pitching coach Corey Myers and that made a difference on Saturday night. "I felt really good," she said. "I tried to keep the pitches low and get a low of ground balls, which we did."
Davis said she felt more in sync and added that she got her confidence back. "The change-up was on, which I think is a big key for me in keeping them off balance," she pointed out. They were kind of guessing and I used that to my advantage."
The Tigers wasted no time in taking the lead with a pair of runs in the first inning.
Leadoff hitter Tiffany Howard, who reached base on a walk, scored on a single by Branndi Melero. Emily Carosone, who was hit by a pitch, scored the other run when Morgan Estell lifted a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Tigers added two more runs in the third inning. Melero doubled to score Carosone, who reached base for the second time in the game on a hit by a pitch. The first was on her arm, the second hit her helmet.
Estell came through with her second RBI of the night on a single to right field to score Melero.
Auburn struck for three more runs in the fourth inning to answer a single run for the Razorbacks in top of the inning that came after a hit batter, a stolen base and a single.
The Tigers began the rally with a one-out single by Howard, who scored on a double to left center field by Carosone to make the score 5-1.
Kasey Cooper followed with her 17th home run of the year to tie Rhodes and Carosone for the team lead. However, the tie didn’t last long.
In the fifth inning Rhodes crushed a pitch high into the night over the left field wall to tie the single-season school record of 18 homers set last year by Cooper.
“Jade is having a great year,” said Myers, who added, “Jade can be better. She has bought in, she is really working hard. There is nothing but a great future for her.”
The Tigers then ended the game in the same inning when a line drive by Cooper to right center field scored two runs to make the final score 10-1.
The teams will conclude the series with a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday. It will be Senior Day for the Tigers.