Athens, Ga.--Kaylee Carlson pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Auburn softball Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Georgia Bulldogs with a 4-3 decision on Sunday.
Following an error on second baseman Casey McCrackin and a single after it looked like the umpire missed what should have been a strike three call, the Bulldogs had the speedy Emanuel sisters on base with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh.
Carlson then closed out the game with a strikeout and two groundouts to McCrackin as the Tigers improved to 31-5 overall and 6-3 in the SEC. Carlson improved her record to 18-1.
Georgia fell to 27-10 overall and 2-7 in the SEC. Pitcher Brittany Gray lost to the Tigers for the second time in the series to fall to 17-6.
Auburn, which pulled off its first three-game sweep in Athens, has defeated Georgia eight straight times. The Tigers are on a four-game winning streak.
Carlee Wallace, Kendall Veach and Alyssa Rivera, who made another outstanding catch in right field, led the Auburn offense with two hits apiece.
“It feels good to come out here and get three W’s, especially at somebody else’s home,” Rivera said.
“When your name or number is called you have to give it everything you have got and take advantage of the opportunity.”
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a leadoff double by Carlee Wallace, who advanced to third base on a ground out and scored on another ground out.
The Tigers increased the lead to 3-0 in the third inning. Haley Fagan doubled and scored on the first of two triples by Veach. Courtney Shea drove Rivera home with a double to left center field.
The Bulldogs tied the game with a single run in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth vs. Carlson, who won despite giving up 11 hits.
Auburn scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the fifth inning with Veach tripled and scored on a ground ball by Shea.
“I thought it was a good way to finish the series,” said AU coach Clint Myers. “Kaylee in the circle always gives us a chance to win. She made the pitches when she had to. We had some timely hitting and a couple really nice plays on defense by Alyssa Rivera in right field.
“We’re moving in the right direction of being able to have better at-bats and play good defense," he said. "Pitching was solid all weekend. The bats seem to be getting better. The defense, we still have some work to, but we made the plays when we had to.”
Auburn returns to action Wednesday with a 6 p.m. game in Birmingham vs. Samford that will be played at Spain Park High.