Tiffany Howard (above) led the Tigers at the plate with three hits and two runs scored.
Auburn, Ala.--Three pitchers combined for a one-hitter as the Auburn softball Tigers improved their record to 12-1 with a 6-0 victory over Boston College on Friday night.
Freshman Makayla Martin started the game and gave up one hit on a bad hop ground ball. Rachael Walters pitched two innings of relief and another senior, Lexi Davis, closed the game for the Tigers in the opening contest of the Tiger Invitational.
“I felt really good and my defense really gave me confidence,” Martin said. “Especially scoring early in the game got me going,” the freshman from San Diego added.
Coach Clint Myers said he liked the way that Martin forced a lot of ground ball outs. “I have a natural down movement so I was really feeling it tonight,” Martin said.
Auburn’s coach said he liked what he saw. “We played a lot better tonight and I just told the team that. It was a much better game than last night. We were a lot more aggressive in our (strike) zone and we hit a lot of balls hard...When we are barrelling balls, we have a good chance.”
Tiffany Howard, a senior left fielder, led the Tigers at the plate with three hits while Madi Gipson and Kasey Cooper each drove home two runs.
“I think it was a complete team effort all the way around,” said Myers, who noted he liked the way the Tigers played defensively.
He also had praise for Howard, his All-American left fielder. “Tif is on fire right now,” Myers said. “We told the team, ‘Don’t wake her up.’...She is really seeing it well, she has a great swing and she knows exactly what she is going to do at the plate.”
A leadoff single by Howard in the bottom of the first inning got the Tigers started offensively. She moved to third base on a single by Emily Carosone. Both runners scored on double to the center field wall by Madi Gipson.
The Tigers made it 3-0 when Jade Rhodes singled home Gipson with two outs.
Carlee Wallace led off the bottom of the second inning with a triple and scored on a line drive single up the middle by Howard.
Auburn’s last two runs came on a long homer over the right center field fence in the sixth inning by Kasey Cooper
Auburn returns to action with a doubleheader on Saturday vs. St. John’s at 12:30 and Western Illinois at 3 p.m. The Tigers wrap up play in their Tiger Invitational at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.