Kendall Veach (above) homered for the Tigers.
Clearwater, Fla.--Auburn wrapped up play in the USF?Spring Softball Classic with a 5-0 record in the event as the Tigers defeated LIU-Brooklyn 9-4 on Sunday.
The fourth-ranked Tigers finished with 11 hits, including two home runs, two triples and two doubles, as they improved their record to 27-3. The Blackbirds dropped to 12-16 in their first matchup vs. Auburn.
Makayla Martin, who pitched the first and second innings as well as the sixth and seventh innings, improved her record to 12-3 as she gave up one hit and no runs.
Relief pitchers Ashlee Swindle and Jenna Abbott were less effective. Swindle, who pitched one inning, gave up three runs on a homer. Abbott allowed one run in two innings.
Auburn took the lead in the second inning as Morgan Podany singled home Kendall Veach, who was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Casey McCrackin.
The Blackbirds took the lead in the top of the third inning with a three-run homer by Victoria Zamora, but Auburn regained the advantage with seven runs in the bottom of the inning.
Auburn tied the game as Kasey Cooper tripled and scored on a home run by Haley Fagan. The Tigers regained the lead at 5-3 on a two-run homer by Kendall Veach following a single by Courtney Shea.
Podany then reached base on a walk and Victoria Draper singled before Carlee Wallace cleared the bases with a triple to right field as she scored on a throwing error on the play.
LIU-Brooklyn scored a single run in the fourth and Auburn added one run in the sixth inning. Wallace doubled and her pinch-runner, Brittany Marsette, scored on a sacrifice fly by Fagan.
The Tigers return to action with a three-game series vs. the Florida Gators that will start on Saturday at 5 p.m. CDT.
“I think any time you can come away with five victories, it’s a good weekend,” said Auburn Associate Head Coach Corey Myers. “We definitely have some work to do. It’s going to be nice to be back home, get back to work and get ready for Florida.”