Pitcher Makayla Martin (left), catcher Courtney Shea (93) and third baseman Kasey Cooper (right) helped the Tigers to a pair of victories.
Auburn, Ala.--Makayla Martin picked up two victories on Saturday as the Auburn softball Tigers won twice.
Martin (4-1) just missed a perfect game in the nightcap vs. Creighton. She struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed just one single in the fifth and final inning of a game called due to run rule with the Tigers ahead 9-0.
“She was lights out tonight,” Auburn coach Clint Myers said about the sophomore right-hander. “The ball had life. She was in the mid- to upper-60s.”
Auburn improved to 8-1 with the victory while Creighton dropped to 2-7. The No. 2 ranked Tigers have won seven consecutive games headed into their final contest in the Plainsman Invitational when they will play at 2 p.m. on Sunday vs. Mercer.
The Tigers took control with five runs in the second inning and added three in the third inning and one more in the fourth inning.
A three-RBI double by Kasey Cooper was the big hit for the Tigers in the second inning to make the score 4-0 after Carlee Wallace’s single brought in the first run of the contest.
Kendall Veach leads the Tigers in home runs with four.
In game one the Tigers managed to win 5-3 despite finishing the game with just two hits.
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI? by Wallace on a fielder’s choice.
The Tigers scored four more runs in the fourth inning as Courtney Shea started the rally with a single. The Purple Aces helped Auburn’s cause by walking three batters, committing an error and throwing two illegal pitches in the inning.
Freshman Ashlee Swindle pitches for the Tigers on Saturday.
Evansville, which dropped to 0-4, cut the lead to 5-2 with a pair of runs off of relief pitcher Ashlee Swindle. The Purple Aces added another run in bottom of the seventh, but starting pitcher Martin returned to the game and closed out her victory.