Coach Clint Myers (above) has his team on a winning streak.
Lexington, Ky.--It took two extra innings to pull it off, but the Auburn Tigers completed a three-game SEC softball series sweep at Kentucky with a 3-1 decision on Sunday.
The third-ranked Tigers improved to 33-4 overall and 9-3 in the SEC. They have won seven consecutive SEC contests and are tied for the lead league with Florida, which dropped two of three games over the weekend to Alabama.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats, who came into the series tied for first place with Florida, dropped to 31-8 overall and 8-4 in league games.
"The girls really played rose to the occasion and did what they had to do to win all three games," Coach Clint Myers said. "They had the attitude they needed to win. They made a lot of plays and from top to bottom in the lineup we had a lot of good at-bats."
Jenna Abbott’s line drive double to center field scored Jade Rhodes, who led off the top of the ninth inning with a walk. That play put the Tigers up 2-1.
Abbott ended up on third base after the Wildcats made an error on the double. Her pinch-runner, Bree Fornis, added an insurance run when she scored on a ground ball to shortstop by Whitney Jordan.
Jordan, who plays shortstop for the Tigers, committed a two-out error to put the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth following a walk, but relief pitcher Kaylee Carlson slammed the door on the home team with a strikeout to end the game.
Carlson, who pitched 4 1/3 innings while allowing two hits, improved to 10-0 on the season. Lexi Davis, Auburn’s starting pitcher, allowed four hits and one run in 4 2/3 innings.
Auburn picked up the first run in the second inning when SEC Player of the Week Jade Rhodes hit a long home run to left field. It was her second of the series and 13th of the season.
The Wildcats tied the game in the fifth inning when Davis had bad luck. A mishit ground ball started the inning with an infield single. Another mishit ball, this one back to Davis, advanced the runner to second base where she scored on a bloop double over first base that was just barely fair.
After Davis allowed a two-out walk Carlson came in to relieve the senior and forced a fly out to right field to end the inning.
“I’m really proud of our team,” Myers said. “You go on the road against a team like Kentucky and you win three at their place--that means a lot. We played quality ball for three straight days and now, the journey is really just starting. These are the type of weekends we can expect, and live for, from here on out.”
The Tigers return to action with a 6 p.m. CDT home game on Wednesday vs. Troy and will not have an SEC opponent this week Longwood coming to town for a three-game series starting on Friday.