Auburn, Ala.--Junior right-hander Kaylee Carlson, who leads all SEC softball pitchers in victories this season, will try to add to her total this weekend as Mississippi State visits for three games.
Carlson, who is 22-3, is scheduled to pitch on Friday for the 6 p.m. CDT series opener and will likely go in game three on Sunday.
Freshman right-hander Ashlee Swindle, who was impressive in her first college start last Saturday during a 2-0 win at South Carolina, is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday evening’s 6 p.m. game. There is a chance that sophomore Makayla Martin will be back in the lineup after missing four games due to a suspension.
In Martin’s absence Swindle picked up two victories. The second one was Wednesday night in a 14-1 road win at Alabama State.
Ashlee Swindle has a 2-0 record with a 2.90 earned run average for the Tigers.
“I like the fact that our freshman was able to get in there and get an SEC start,” said Carlson. “When it comes to postseason we are going to need all arms on board and she will be ready.”
Carlson, who has a 1.27 earned run average, noted that Swindle has made progress. “I think she has done a great job,” Carlson said. “She has watched all season and watched how we have done things, and has learned from us.
“That is really important for people who aren’t getting the starts early in the season,” Carlson said. “Even though you aren’t playing you can learn from the mistakes we made and I think she did a great job of that.”
Auburn, which is 40-8 overall and 12-6 in the SEC, will be playing a Mississippi State team that is 34-15 overall and 8-10 in the league.
Martin said with just two weekends of league games left before postseason play begins, the Tigers need to be building momentum as hitters, pitchers and fielders to make a run in postseason. “All aspects need to be going full speed now,” the junior said.