Athens, Ga.--Carlee Wallace opened the game with a leadoff homer and the junior catcher led the Tigers to a 13-4 SEC softball victory over Georgia.
The junior drove home four runs and scored twice as the Tigers won game two of the series while defeating the Bulldogs for an seventh consecutive time.
“It is always great to do well for my team,” said Wallace. “I am just excited I could come out with a bang get the momentum going.”
Auburn improved to 30-5 overall and 5-3 in the SEC with a third consecutive league win. Georgia dropped to 27-9 overall and 2-6 in the SEC.
“It is really easy to be successful when the team has my back like they do,” said Wallace, who called the 2017 Tigers the most together team she has played on at AU.
She also noted that in pre-game assistant coach Scott Woodard challenged the Tigers to play better than they did in its previous two SEC Saturday games and noted they “answered” with a lopsided victory.
Makayla Martin wasn’t sharp as she allowed seven hits and three earned runs, but she pitched a complete game to improve her record to 13-4.
Georgia took the lead with two runs in the first inning aided by a controversial call when Wallace was called for plate interference on what looked to be a perfectly executed shortstop to home throw by Haley Fagan to cut down a runner.
The Bulldogs capitalized with two runs in the frame, but Auburn responded with four runs in the top of the second inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Singles by Alyssa Rivera and Whitney Jordan started the rally. With one out Victoria Draper singled to left field and Wallace cleared the bases with a triple off the right field wall. Wallace scored on a sacrifice fly by Courtney Shea.
The Tigers put together another four-run inning in the fourth to move ahead 9-2. Fagan started the inning with a single and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single by Rivera.
Auburn added a run on a bases loaded walk to pinch-hitter Jenna Abbot. Pinch-hitter Justus Perry brought home two more runs with a hard hit ball to left field that was ruled an error on the third baseman.
The Tigers stretched the lead to 10-2 with a home run by Kendall Veach in the fifth inning, but the Bulldogs avoided a run-rule decision by scoring twice in the bottom of the inning on a home run to left by Alyssa DiCarlo.
Veach added a three-run homer to left in the top of the seventh scoring Fagan and Shea who opened the inning with singles.
The Tigers finished the night with 13 hits off of three UGA pitchers as every starter scored a run except for Kasey Cooper, who was 0-4.
Veach, who now has 10 home runs to lead the team, finished with two hits as did Fagan, Rivera and Draper.
The teams will meet again at 11 a.m. CDT on Sunday. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.