Kendall Veach (above) holds up two fingers after making an unassisted double play at first base.
Auburn, Ala.--A pair of three-run homers by Carlee Wallace and Kasey Cooper were the big blows for the Auburn softball Tigers as they punched out Liberty 9-1 in a run-rule victory on Friday night.
The Tigers scored their runs on nine hits and five bases on balls as they improved their record to 16-2.
Makayla Martin, who allowed one run on two hits in five innings, improved her record to 7-2 even though the sophomore said she didn’t have her best stuff.
“I couldn’t grip the ball to save my life,” she said of the game played in cold conditions. “I was just working with what I was doing. It wasn’t the best outing personality. I ?have room to improve.”
The sophomore said she got good support from her fielders, noting the outfield had a phenomenal game and the infield played well, too.
Makayla Martin made her 11th appearance of the season on Friday night vs. the Liberty Flames.
The Tigers took the lead in the top of the first inning with two runs. Wallace led off with a double and scored from third base on a wild pitch.
Auburn made it 2-0 in the top of the second inning. Cooper got the RBI with a bases-loaded, two-out walk scoring Madi Gipson, who reached base on a single.
Cooper made it 5-0 in the fourth inning on a long home run to right field. Victoria Draper reached base on a two-out, bunt single and Wallace walked prior to Cooper’s homer.
The Tigers added four insurance runs in the sixth inning. Casey McCrackin led off with a bunt single and moved to second base on a single by Draper, setting the stage for Wallace to hit a three-run roundtripper.
Haley Fagan added a solo homer in the inning to make the score 9-0. Freshman Ashlee Swindle wrapped up the game as she didn’t allow a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader vs. College of Charleston at 3:30 p.m. and Texas State at 6 p.m.