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The Auburn Softball Tigers Shut Out North Dakota to improve to 10-1 for the Season

The Auburn softball Tigers won their first-ever matchup vs. the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Kaylee Carlson (above) started and picked up the pitching victory.

Auburn, Ala.--Kaylee Carlson and Makayla Martin combined for a three-hit shutout as the Auburn softball Tigers defeated the University of North Dakota 6-0 on Thursday night at Jane B. Moore Field.

Carlson, a junior right-hander, allowed just one hit in three innings as the Tigers won their ninth straight game to improve to 10-1 for the season. She improved her record to 6-0.

Martin gave up two hits in the final four innings vs. the visiting Hawks, who dropped to 6-5.

Sophomore Kendall Veach drove home four runs with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and bases loaded double in the third inning on a line drive to right center field.

Later in the third inning Courtney Shea made the score 6-0 with a two-run homer than she spanked on a line over the right field fence.

Three North Dakota pitchers kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for AU’s final three at-bats.

Leadoff hitter Carlee Wallace went 2-3 and Casey McCrackin was 2-2 in her return after missing last week’s game with the flu. They were the only players in Thursday’s game with more than one hit.

“I will give Coop (Kasey Cooper) credit for the base-clearing double,” Veach said. “She told me right where the pitch was going to be and that is right where it was.” Cooper was on second base and saw the sign and where the catcher was set up behind the plate.

“I think we are coming along great,” Veach said. “The offense has been kind of shaky, but we are looking really good in BP (batting practice.).

Coach Clint Myers said, “I thought the pitching was dominant. Kaylee and Makayla attacked the zone. I?think we had one walk. We are doing the job in the circle.

“We had eight hits and I really liked the way we ran the bases and I really like the way we bunted the ball tonight,”?he said. “I?thought we were safe on one so we should have had four base-hit bunts. Parts of our game are coming along very well. We just have to be a little more consistent in the batter’s box.”

Up Next: The Tigers will play a doubleheader on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. game vs. UMass-Lowell followed by a rematch vs. North Dakota at 6 p.m.

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