Victoria Draper (above) makes a throw from center while Alyssa Rivera watches from right field.
Auburn, Ala.--For Alyssa Rivera, the SEC Freshman of the Week, hitting a softball is not complicated.
On Wednesday night she continued to swing a hot bat with two hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in with a line drive homer over the left center field fence as her Auburn Tigers defeated Georgia State 6-3.
“See ball, hit ball--that’s the motto,” the right fielder said.
Coach Clint Myers said that is the way that Rivera has been hitting in batting practice and she agreed. “Just take what you do in BP to the game and you will be fine,” the left-handed hitter said.
Auburn improved to 34-6 with the victory while the visiting Panthers fell to 26-15.
Makayala Martin, who has been struggling with her pitching in recent games, went the distance for the Tigers to improve her record to 14-5. She was helped by two double plays, including one with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the seventh inning.
“Mac has had some tough luck,” Myers said. “Mac goes out and competes. She is not happy with the way she pitched. She won and gave up eight hits--how many of those were in the infield? She is going to get ground balls--we just have to play defense.”
Makayla Martin is shown in action on Wednesday night at Jane B. Moore Field.
A pair of freshmen figured in the first run with Rivera reaching base on a single and scoring from second base on a single by Carmyn Greenwood.
In the same inning, the second, Carlee Wallace drove home three runs with a line drive double past the third baseman.
Auburn ‘s other two runs came on Rivera’s home run in the third inning make the score 6-0. The Panthers scored two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh vs. Martin, who finished the night with 132 pitches.
The Panthers used four pitchers Kinsley Jennings (12-7), the starter, took the loss.
Auburn's Kendall Veach is called out at first base on this play. Not only did she beat the throw from third base, the first baseman's foot was off the bag.
Seven-ranked Auburn, which finished with nine hits, got two from Carlee Wallace.
Auburn returns to action with a 6 p.m. SEC contest on Friday vs. the visiting Missouri Tigers.