Clint Myers and his Tigers have won 13 consecutive games.
Auburn, Ala.--Kaylee Carlson improved to 8-0 as she blanked 13th-ranked James Madison as Auburn scored a 4-0 softball victory on Saturday evening.
In the first game of the doubleheader of the Tiger Invitational on Saturday two Auburn pitchers combined for a 9-0 no-hitter victory vs. Yale.
A crowd of 2,620 fans, the largest in AU softball history, saw Carlson scatter five hits and strike out seven James Madison batters as No. 2 Auburn improved to 14-1 while the Dukes dropped to 11-2.
“All of my pitches were really working,” Carlson said. “Even my change-up was working so it was kind of nice that it made an appearance. It feels good to have that back in the arsenal.”
Carlson’s rise ball was tough to hit, too. “I ?have been working on it,”?she said. “That was a good team we beat. That was the first Top 25 team we have played since we went to Mexico.”
Coach Clint Myers was pleased, too. “The pitching has been the strength for us all season,” he said. “We have two players who deserve to be in the Top 50 watch for player of the year. Look at how they are pitching. They make pitches when they have to. They make outs when they have to and the defense has been superb behind them.”
Auburn pitchers have shut out five straight opponents.
“It was a phenomenal defensive game,” the coach said. “We got some really timely hitting with Courtney’s (Shea) home run and (Kasey) Cooper’s single.”
Against James Madison neither team scored until a single by Haley Fagan was followed by designated hitter Shea putting two runs on the board with a line drive shot over the right field fence to score Fagan, who opened the bottom of the fourth inning with a hard-hit low line drive to left field.
The Tigers doubled the lead in the fourth inning and chased starting pitcher Odicci Alexander.
A one-out walk to Victoria Draper was followed by a popup to shallow center field by Carlee Wallace that was misplayed by the shortstop for an error. With runners on second and third base Cooper hit a hard line drive single to right field scoring a pair of runners to make the score 4-0.
In game one Makayla Martin pitched three innings and freshman Ashlee Swindle finished the 9-0 run-rule win with two innings in the circle to finish the combined no-hitter for the Tigers.
Playing as the visiting team the Tigers scored one run in the first inning. Wallace walked and moved to third base when Cooper smacked a single to right field. With one out back-to-back walks to Kendall Veach and Shea brought home a run, but the Tigers stranded three on base.
The Tigers took command with six runs in the third inning. Cooper started the scoring with a double to left field that allowed her to score on a single by Haley Fagan.
A single by Veach followed by a long home run to right field by Shea made the score 4-0.
A double to center field by Alyssa Rivera led to a pitching change, but the Tigers kept the offensive heat on with a triple by Whitney Jordan.
A two-RBI pinch-hit single by freshman Justus Perry made the score 7-0.
In the fourth inning another double by Cooper was followed by a home run to right field by Fagan to make the score 9-0.
Auburn returns to action with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday vs. James Madison.