Auburn, Ala.--With seven runs in the first inning and eight more in the second the Auburn softball Tigers cruised to a 15-0 victory on Thursday night vs. the Liberty Flames.
Auburn improved to 15-2 with the help of home runs by Carlee Wallace, Haley Fagan, Kasey Cooper and Kendall Veach, a season-high for the second-ranked Tigers. For Veach it was her team-leading fifth homer. It was No. 3 for Wallace and Hagan and the second home run for Cooper.
Wallace, who started the rout with a leadoff round-tripper, was 3-3 with two doubles and five runs batted.
“Honestly, I?am more excited about the way the team saw the ball than what I did,” said Wallace, whose squad finished with 10 hits and nine bases on balls. “It has been a long time coming and we have been working so hard. To me we played like that team I know we can be.”
Carlee Wallace smashes a double vs. Liberty.
Kaylee Carlson, who allowed one hit in three innings improved to 9-0 as a pitcher. She threw 38 pitches and 27 were strikes. Ashlee Swindle and Jenna Abbott each pitched an inning for the Tigers.
Coach Clint Myers had plenty of reasons to be pleased with what he saw on Thursday night against what he saw was an athletic opponent. Auburn used 21 players in 4 1/2 innings as a crowd of 1,773 watched on a chilly night at Jane B. Moore Field.
“The cuts tonight were a lot better as far as attacking zones,” he said. “We didn’t have nearly as many swings and misses.
“We hit some balls hard and that was encouraging,” Myers added. “Those are the things we have got to do getting ready for next weekend (start of SEC play).”
Cooper finished 2-2 and Fagan was 2-3. Myers said it was exciting to see Cooper, a senior All-American, hit the ball on the nose after a slow start at the plate this season. “The home run she had and the ball she hit down the line, you can tell her swing is starting to come around,” Myers said.
The Tigers return to action in their own Wilson/DeMarini Classic with a 6 p.m. Friday rematch vs. Liberty, which dropped to 9-6 with the loss on Thursday.