Auburn, Ala.--After pounding out 17 hits in game one the Auburn softball Tigers broke open a pitchers’ duel with seven runs in the sixth inning to take a pair of games on Saturday.
In the opener the Tigers cruised to a 14-0 run-rule victory over College Charleston in a game that was stopped after five innings.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader the Tigers improved their record to 18-2 with an 8-1 win vs. Texas State.
The Tigers will finish play in their Wilson/DeMarini Classic at 1 p.m. on Sunday with a rematch vs. College of Charleston.
“This team has the capability to score a lot of runs,” Coach Clint Myers said after coming back from a 1-0 deficit vs. Texas State. “We just can’t wait until the sixth or seventh inning to do that. You saw in that sixth inning there were some balls that were really tattooed.”
Myers added, “It is starting to gel. We just have to figure out ways to get better.”
Makayla Martin improved her record to 8-2 in the second contest, allowing just two hits and one runs in six innings while striking out eight and walking one. Kaylee Carlson pitched the final inning.
Carlson improved her record to 10-0 by allowing two hits in three innings in game one on Saturday. In that contest she got plenty of run support. Carlee Wallace and Alyssa Rivera each produced three hits. Rivera, a freshman right fielder, hit her second home run of the season.
Kasey Cooper makes a throw from third base.
Auburn jumped on College Charleston for seven runs in the first inning and added one in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth inning as the Tigers cleared their bench and used 19 players, including Jenna Abott, who pitched two innings of relief.
In game two Abbott’s pinch-hit double drove home two runs with the score tied at 1-1 in the sixth inning.
“I was just ready to go,” Abbott said. “I wasn’t looking for anything super particular. I was just looking to get the ball on the ground because the bases were loaded and we needed to score a run.”
Abbott had a big smile after the second game and joked, “I am a busy women.” She added, “It has been a long time coming, but that’s the fun stuff.”
Abbott, a senior, said she believes the Tigers are improving at the plate. “It is fun to see the underclassmen kind of go through that...It is really awesome to watch them come together because the older people really get it.”
Auburn managed just seven hits vs. Texas State as right-hander Randi Rupp held the Tigers scoreless until AU tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth after Auburn allowed a home run for the first time this season in the fourth inning. A triple to right field by Haley Fagan tied the game.
Later in the sixth inning the Tigers added home runs by Kasey Cooper and Kendall Veach for insurance of reliever Quincy Charleston.
Texas State dropped to 13-4 with the loss as a crowd of 2,372 watched the action at Jane B. Moore Field.