AU Takes Pitchers' Duel Softball Win at LSU

Auburn right-handed pitcher Marcy Harper was sharp on Friday night as the Tigers defeated LSU.

Baton Rouge, La.--Marcy Harper posted her second consecutive strong pitching start to open an SEC softball series as the Auburn Tigers took a 2-1 victory at LSU on Friday night.

Harper allowed just two hits and got excellent support from her fielders, who did not commit an error in the contest at Tiger Park.

LSU’s pitcher, Carley Hoover, had control problems early, but settled down and allowed the visitors just three hits.

Coach Clint Myers’ Auburn team improved to 17-5 in SEC play and 45-8 overall. LSU is now 14-8 in the conference and 42-9 overall.

"Not many teams can come in here and do something like that," Myers said. "Marcy hit her spots tonight. She went up and down, left and right and she had a great defense behind her. It was two great teams playing tonight and we happened to win it."

LSU coach Beth Torina was impressed with her pitcher, too. “Ultimately (Carley) did a great job, and to keep a team like Auburn to three hits is pretty impressive,” Torina said. “I thought she had a nice game and I know she would have liked to have a couple pitches back there in the beginning and I would, too, but at the end I thought she threw a nice game and she put us in a spot to win.”

Auburn scored a single run in the top of first inning when Morgan Estell’s ground ball with the bases loaded led to a force play attempt play at the plate that was too late, allowing Emily Carosone to score.

LSU matched Auburn’s score with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning and that was the only run the home team could manage vs. Harper, a junior from Hoover who improved her record to 10-3 while allowing just two hits.

The winning run was scored in third inning without the benefit of a hit. After a leadoff walk, Kasey Cooper advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a groundout by Branndi Melero. Auburn moved ahead 2-1 as Cooper beat the tag attempt at the plate on a wild pitch.

LSU loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth inning, but Harper got out of the jam with a groundout to shortstop Haley Fagan.

The teams will play the second game of the series at 6 p.m. CDT on Saturday.

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