Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn softball team swept a pair of run-rule games on Friday in their Tiger Invitational while posting shutouts in the process.
Auburn improved to 12-1 for the season and extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 13-0 victory over UMass-Lowell followed by an 8-0 victory vs. North Dakota. The Tigers also shut out North Dakota 6-0 on Thursday night so they have posted three consecutive shutouts.
In game two sophomore pitcher Makayla Martin allowed just three hits in six innings while senior Kasey Cooper and freshman Alyssa Rivera contributed their first home runs of the season.
“We really had some good at-bats,” said Auburn coach Clint Myers. “It was a complete day with great pitching, great defense.”
Rivera ended game one with a bases loaded single with one-out in the sixth inning. Rivera, Cooper and Haley Fagan, who ran her hitting streak to nine games, each contributed two hits as the Tigers finished the game with 10 hits.
Martin improved her record to 5-1 as she struck out four and did not allow a walk in six innings
In game one the Tigers pounded out nine hits for their 13 runs in five innings with the help of three home runs.
The Tigers led off the game with a round-tripper by Carlee Wallace and added a pair of three-run homers by Casey McCrackin and Whitney Jordan helped turn the contest into an easy win.
That was more than enough runs for the Tigers as Kaylee Carlson (7-0) gave up one hit in three innings while Ashlee Swindle allowed one hit in two innings of relief.
The competition level is expected to rise on Saturday as the Tigers play No. 13 James Madison at 4:45 p.m. after facing Yale at 2:25 p.m. in the Tiger Invitational at Jane B. Moore Field.