Haley Fagan (above) makes a play at shortstop. The senior hit her first home run of the season.
Auburn, Ala.--Junior pitcher Kaylee Carlson won a pair of games and got plenty of run support as the Auburn softball Tigers swept a doubleheader on Friday during the opening day of the Plainsman Invitational.
The Tigers took an 8-0 run-rule victory over Creighton in game one and defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 8-1 in the second contest. On Thursday night the Tigers needed eight innings to get past Southern Illinois-Edwardsville by a score of 4-3.
Carlson improved to 4-0 with the victories while the second-ranked Tigers improved to 6-1. In game two she allowed just two hits and one unearned run in six innings. In game one she pitched four innings and gave up just one hit. Freshman Ashlee Swindle pitched a scoreless inning to close both contests.
In game one the Tigers got all the runs they needed on one swing as Haley Fagan homered to left center field to make the score 3-0 in the third inning.
The Tigers added another run in the third and four more runs in the fifth inning to end the game via run-rule.
The Tigers scored eight runs on just five hits vs. Creighton. In game two the Tigers pounded out eight hits.
In game two the Tigers took control with four runs in the third inning. Kasey Cooper’s double scored two runs. A triple by Fagan scored Cooper and the Tigers added another run on a single by Courtney Shea.
Back-to-back home runs by Kendall Veach, a two-run shot off the scoreboard, and Shea stretched the lead to 7-0 in the fifth inning.
A double by Carlee Wallace drove home Auburn’s other run in the sixth inning.
“I thought Corey (pitching coach Corey Myers)] summed it up, we’re figuring out ways to win and we have no quit,” said Auburn's head coach, Clint Myers. “Right now, we’re a dangerous team because if we get firing on all cylinders, you’re going to see one heck of a team. Our pitching has been good and our defense, for the most part, has been good. When we get the bats going, that’s the name of (the game). We’ve been getting some timely hits, though, so that’s a good thing.”
Worth Noting, Part 1: Veach has four home runs this season.
Worth Noting, part 2: Casey McCrackin missed a third consecutive game with the flu keeping Emily Spain in the lineup at second base.
Stat of the Day: Carlson allowed just three hits in 10 innings.
Up Next: The Tigers will continue play in the Plainsman Invitational with a 3:30 p.m. game on Saturday vs. Evansville and a 6 p.m. contest vs. Creighton.