Makayla Martin (above) pitched for the Tigers.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico--The Auburn softball Tigers continued to get strong pitching on Saturday as they defeated BYU 3-0 to wrap up their four-game schedule of games south of the border to open the 2017 season.
The second-ranked Tigers also defeated No 1 Oklahoma and Nebraska at the Triple Crown round-robin event in Mexico and lost to No. 13-ranked Washington.
Sophomore right-hander Makayla Martin went the distance for the Tigers to post the shutout as she scattered five hits, continuing the early-season strong pitching for the Tigers. Also continuing was the slow start at the plate. Auburn finished the game was just three hits.
“We got a dominant performance out of Makayla Martin today,” Auburn coach Clint Myerssaid. “She was outstanding. She challenged the hitters. For the most part, we played pretty good defense.”
Freshman second baseman, K.K. Crocker, got Auburn on the scoreboard with an RBI?single in the fourth inning scoring sophomore Morgan Podany with one out.
With two outs and a base open, the Cougars walked senior Kasey Cooper to load the bases for Carlee Wallace. The junior catcher responded with a single to center field scoring Victoria Draper and Carmyn Greenwood to put the Tigers up 3-0.
The Tigers open their home schedule with a 6 p.m. CST Thursday game at Jane B. Moore Field vs. Southern Illinois--Edwardsville.
“We’re moving in the right direction," Myers said. "We talked after the game about skill development and mental preparation and execution. I thought we learned a lot from this tournament. We got quite a few kids in. We still have more kids who want to play so we’ll have practice on Tuesday and we’ve got to get after it.”