Gainesville, Fla.--Kaylee Carlson went the distance in the cirlce as the Auburn softball Tigers shut out the Florida Gators 1-0 on Monday night to salvage the third game of an SEC series. With the victory the Tigers snapped Florida's 21-game winning streak.
Carlson wrapped up the shutout by pouncing on a line drive that bounced off her leg with two outs and a runner on first base before throwing the runner out at first.
Each team finished with three hits, but the Tigers got the big one, a home run by Kendall Veach in the second inning.
Tigers improved to 28-5 overall and 3-3 in the SEC. For the Gators it was their first SEC loss to go with seven wins and the second loss of the season to go with 29 wins.
Carlson was the hard-luck loser in the series opener on Friday night when the Gators used a pair of errors to pull out a walk-off win.
“Everyone came out here and was doing their best,” said Carlson, who noted the Tigers focused on avoiding mistakes.
The junior right-hander, who improved to 16-1, got out of a major jam in the fourth inning when the Gators put runners on second and third base with one out with an infield hit that included a throwing error by Veach. A walk and a stolen base put a second runner in scoring position.
However, Carlson forced Ocasio and Reynoso to hit into infield popups to end threat.
Left-hander Delanie Gourley suffered the loss, falling to 11-2.
“I though Kaylee was dynamic tonight,” said associate head coach Corey Myers, who is in charge of the pitching staff. “There was a little bit more fire after the Saturday night loss. I didn’t think she could’ve pitched better Saturday until I saw her pitch today.”
"Scott (assistant coach Scott Woodard) and I talked about when she transferred to Auburn, that was the pitcher we were expecting right there,” Myers added. “I told her after the game that’s my expectations, not to just go throw shutouts but just to be a leader. I really think she’s establishing herself as one of the primary leaders on this team.”
The Tigers return to action with a 6 p.m. CDT game on Friday at Georgia.