Kasey Cooper (above) is a senior for the Tigers.
Montgomery, Ala.--The Auburn softball Tigers won their 40th game of the season as they took a 14-1 run-rule victory over Alabama State on Wednesday night at Lagoon Park.
Senior third baseman Kasey Cooper led the offensive attack with four runs batted in, including a three-run homer. It was her eighth of the season and 65 in four years with the Tigers.
Freshman second baseman K.K. Crocker was 2-2 at the plate and scored three times as did center fielder Victoria Draper.
The game was stopped after six innings due to the run rule in the final regular season non-conference contest for the Tigers, who improved to 40-8.
Auburn finished the contest with a dozen hits. Defensively, the Tigers turned three double plays to add to their nation-leading total, which is now 39.
The Hornets, who lost 14-0 to Auburn in March, dropped to 14-29 overall.
“There were some balls hit pretty well tonight,” AU coach Clint Myers said. “The nice thing about it is we put some back-to-back-to-back hits together as well. The offense came alive, we ran the bases pretty aggressively, the defense was pretty good and the pitching with Ashlee and Jenna – I thought they both did an outstanding job.”
In her second collegiate start freshman right-hander Ashlee Swindle picked up the win. She pitched four innings and allowed six hits and one run.
Senior left-hander Jenna Abbott pitched the final two innings and gave up no runs despite allowing three hits.
Auburn scored four runs in the third with help from the Hornets. Crocker started the inning with a walk and moved to third base on an error on a ground ball by Draper and a walk to Cooper. From third base Crocker scored on a wild pitch.
Alyssa Rivera drove home two more runs with a single to right center field. A sacrifice fly by Courtney Shea scored Carlee Wallace, who reached on a walk.
The Tigers added three runs in the fourth with the big blow a three-run homer over the center field fence by Cooper. She scored Crocker, who reached on a single, and Draper who reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt and error.
A crowd of 1,503 fans watched the Tigers take command with seven more runs in the sixth on five hits and two bases on balls.
Freshmen Crocker, Greenwood and Rivera each contributed two hits. Crocker said that she has been working on her hitting in recent weeks.
“I haven’t been doing my job as far as getting on base so that is one thing I wanted to focus on” the second baseman said.
Crocker, who was involved in all three of her team’s double plays on a night the Tigers did not have an error, said AU’s good defense is not an accident. “That is something we work on a lot,” she said.
Auburn returns to action with a 6 p.m. CDT home game on Friday vs. Mississippi State to open the final regular season home series at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers and Bulldogs will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.