Courtney Shea (above) homered for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--Junior third baseman Kasey Cooper drove home six runs and Auburn’s pitchers allowed just one run during a pair of five-inning, run-rule softball victories on Saturday at the Tiger Invitational.
Cooper, a junior All-American, finished the day with four hits and three runs scored as Auburn improved its record to 14-1. She hit her team-leading fifth home run of the season while adding a pair of doubles and has 23 RBI for the season.
Senior left fielder Tiffany Howard continued her hot start at the plate the season by driving home three runs and scoring two from the leadoff spot.
In the first game Kaylee Carlson pitched a shutout, allowing just three hits in a 9-0 victory over defending Big East Conference champion St. John’s. The Red Storm dropped to 5-6 for the season.
In the second game Lexi Davis allowed one run and three hits in three innings as the Tigers won 14-1. Fellow senior Rachael Walters pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit, as the Tigers defeated Western Illinois, which dropped to 3-8 this season.
Sophomore Courtney Shea and senior Jade Rhodes each hit home runs for the Tigers, who are ranked No. 3 nationally.
“I thought we played much better in the second ball game," Coach Clint Myers said. "We hit more balls square and had a better hits-to-run ratio. We just need to focus on being more consistent.”
“If we make the routine plays and we let the great plays take care of themselves, we’re pretty happy with it. It’s the consistency we have to spend the time on to be the team we want to be,” the Auburn coach added.
The Tigers, who are 4-0 for the week and 3-0 in the Tiger Invitational, will take on Indiana State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field.