Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn softball Tigers played one of their most complete games of the season as they took a 10-1 run-rule victory over the Mercer Bears on Sunday.
A crowd of 2,233 enjoyed a sunny afternoon at Jane B. Moore as the Tigers finished with a season-high 13 hits while two AU pitchers limited the Bears to four hits.
The second-ranked Tigers improved to 9-1 with their eighth consecutive victory while Mercer fell 4-5.
“I am really pleased with how we have come along,” said junior catcher Carlee Wallace, who was 2-2 with a run scored and two RBI. “Overall, we are just clicking more as an offense. We have kind of found a groove and everybody is starting to understand our plan in the Auburn way.”
Coach Clint Myers said he liked what he watched on Sunday. “You saw glimpses of what we hope we are going to be able to do on a regular basis.
“Right now one day doesn’t prove anything,” Myers added. “We have to go out every day and prove we are that kind of offensive team.”
Myers said he liked that the Tigers only struck out twice and hit just one weak fly ball. “I think the quality of at-bats are getting better,” he noted.
Madi Gipson drives home a run with a pinch-hit single.
The coach also liked his team’s base running and an error-free day in the field. Kaylee Carlson, who gave up four hits and one run in four innings, improved to 5-0. Jenna Abbott made her season-debut as a pitcher throwing one scoreless inning.
The Bears scored first with a pair of hits in the bottom of the first inning. Megan Lane reached on an infield single and scored on a double by Quirisa Mauga.
The Tigers responded with two runs in the top of the first inning. A two-out walk by Morgan Podany was followed by a bunt single by Victoria Draper and walk to Carlee Wallace. Kasey Cooper then drove home two runs with a single up the middle.
Auburn took command of the game with five runs in the fourth inning with Wallace doubling home two runs to get the inning into high gear.
Wallace, Haley Fagan and Kendall Veach each produced two hits for the Tigers while the No. 9 batter in the lineup, Draper, was a career-best 3-3 with two bunt singles and a liner to left.
“I had been working on my bunting all fall,” Draper said.
The Tigers added three runs in the top of the fifth inning to set up the run rule stoppage after Abbott retired the side one-two-three in the bottom of the inning.
The top of the fifth inning included a two-RBI single for freshman Justus Perry for her first college hit.
Up Next: The Tigers return to action on Thursday with a 6 p.m. home game vs. North Dakota.