Auburn, Ala.--If there is one pitcher an Auburn softball fan wants to take the mound in a crucial game, it is probably junior Lexi Davis, who went the distance for the Tigers on Saturday afternoon in her team’s NCAA Tournament victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
Davis improved her record for the season to 24-2 as the Tigers wrapped up the super regional with back-to-back wins over the Ragin’ Cajuns at Jane B. Moore Field.
Davis is a leader both on and off the mound, and her consistency and confidence to get outs runs throughout the defense behind her. It also gives Auburn head coach Clint Myers someone to rely on in big games.
“It was an art,” Coach Myers said about Davis after Auburn’s 6-3 super regional victory sending the Tigers to the College World Series. “It was a portrait she was painting out there. She was awesome. She made the pitches when she had to make the pitches.”
Lexi Davis prepares to face the final batter in the super regional.
Davis, who gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits, said she felt stronger as the game progressed. She also credited her teammates, who turned four double plays Saturday.
“I saw how well my defense was playing,” she said. “Without them I can’t throw it where I need to throw it. We pitch to contact so hitters are going to put the ball in play.”
It goes both ways, though, as third baseman Kasey Cooper voiced her confidence in Davis’s ability after the game.
“Those ground balls wouldn’t have been possible unless Lexi hits her spots,” said Cooper. “We go over (defense) every day, every day thanks to Coach (Myers). Our defense was on and we told Lexi to hit her spots and we could get her out of this. We just had a great day.”
With the series win Auburn advances to its first ever Women’s College World Series. The team will take on the winner of the LSU-Arizona Super Regional on Thursday in Oklahoma City.