Makayla Martin (above) and her teammates wore pink for Sunday's breast cancer awareness game.
Auburn, Ala.--James Madison University’s star pitcher, Megan Good, was too much for the Auburn softball Tigers to handle, allowing just one hit in a 1-0 victory on Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field.
The victory ended Auburn’s 13-game winning streak and dropped AU’s record to 14-2. James Madison, which lost 4-0 to Auburn on Saturday, improved to 12-2.
For the Tigers it was their first shutout loss since dropping a 6-0 decision to Alabama on April 17th, 2015. It also marked the first time in six games the Auburn pitching staff allowed a run.
A crowd of 2,111 saw the Tigers make the contest interesting in their last at-bat as Courtney Shea drew a leadoff walk and pinch-runner Bree Fornis moved to second base on a wild pitch.
Kendall Veach then struck out and pinch-hitter Madi Gipson grounded out to shortstop, advancing the runner to third where she was stranded when pinch-hitter Jenna Abbott struck out to end the game.
“The pitching has been solid for us, the defense has been solid for us,” Coach Clint Myers said. “The big thing is getting the bats going. We have got to score some runs.
“We were not Auburn offensively,”? the coach said. “We talked about it and we are going to work on it at Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s practices and then we are going to get right back at it on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We left the (strike) zone too many times,”? Myers said of his team’s hitting issues on Sunday. “The first time through the lineup we only left the zone four times. We were pretty disciplined. After they scored we started to try a little bit harder instead of being a little bit smarter.”
Carlee Wallace, Auburn's leadoff hitter, failed tor each base for the first time this season.
Auburn pitcher Makayla Martin allowed just four hits and a single run the Dukes scored in the third inning. JMU scored with a leadoff double in the inning by Kierstin Roadcap followed by a one-out single by Cambry Arnold.
Martin said she felt “really good” and was in rhythm more than she did in recent outings. Martin also noted she was impressed with JMU pitcher Good, who was throwing 72 to 73 miles per hour with outstanding control.
“She was just dominating in the circle,” the Auburn sophomore pitcher said. “She was carefree, sticking to her game plan and staying in the (strike) zone.” Goode improved to 8-0 for the season while Martin dropped to 6-2.
Myers noted that the Tigers will be running into strong pitching once SEC play starts vs. LSU. “In order to be a national champ you have to be able to beat good pitching,” the coach said. “It is that simple. There is no excuse. There is no substitute.”
The Tigers return to action with a 6 p.m.CST home game on Thursday vs. Liberty.