Kasey Cooper (above) is shown in action vs. Florida State.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn extended its school-record softball winning streak to 17 games, but FSU took the nightcap of a doubleheader 4-3 on Wednesday at Jane B. Moore Field to snap the streak.
The second-ranked Tigers stranded the tying runner on second base with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two. That was a contrast to the first game, a 9-6 Auburn victory, that included clutch hitting for the home team.
“That is the key to success,” Auburn coach Clint Myers said about hitting in the clutch. “If you get good pitching, good defense and timely hitting you can win a lot of ball games. That is exactly what we did in the first ball game.”
Auburn’s record is 42-5 heading into Friday’s SEC home game vs. Georgia. FSU, which is ranked seventh, is 35-5.
“I thought we were going to win two,” Myers said. “I thought we were in a good situation. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the job done.
“We talked about it and we left too many people on base and hit too many balls in the air,” he said. “She (Meghan King) pitched a great game, but we have got to be better. If you want to be a national champ, you have to be able to win those type of games.”
Auburn left eight runners on base in game two while FSU stranded just three runners. Marcy Harper, pitching in relief of Makayla Martin, took the loss.
Martin, a freshman went 4 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and two runs. Harper, a senior, pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up a two-run, two-out homer in the sixth inning that proved to be the winning margin for the Seminoles after she walked a batter.
In bottom of the sixht inning Auburn right fielder Madi Gipson cut the lead to 4-3 with a long two-run homer to right field.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kasey Cooper doubled as the leadoff hitter, but three fly ball outs stranded here there and ended the game.
In game one sophomore Kaylee Carlson suffered through her first rough outing of the season. She gave up six hits and four runs, all earned, in just 2 1/3 innings.
“She just didn’t have the command she has had and we went and got her early,” Myers said. “You will see her against Georgia and she will be a lot better.”
Senior lefty Rachael Walters finished the game for the Tigers, allowing two runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Although the Seminoles out-hit the Tigers 9-6, the home team outscored the visitors 9-6 thanks to more clutch hits. The biggest one was a three-run homer to center field with two outs in the bottom of fourth inning by Emily Carosone. That line drive put Auburn on top 7-5.
The Seminoles scored once in the first inning, three times in the third and one in the fourth.
Auburn struck for four runs in the second inning on two-RBI singles by Tiffany Howard and Cooper.
Center fielder Victoria Draper stands on second base after a double.
The Tigers added two insurance in the sixth inning. Victoria Draper got the rally started with her speed, blooping a single over the third baseman’s head and racing to second base for a double. She scored from there on an error and the Seminoles let another run in when Cooper’s shot past first base was ruled an error.
The Seminoles got a leadoff homer from Jessica Warren in the seventh inning, but Walters took care of business to improve her record to 8-2.