Kendall Veach (above) was impressive in her first matchup vs. the Sooners.
Auburn, Ala.--A rematch of last season’s College Softball World Series championship series is set for Auburn’s Jane B. Moore Field with game one set for a 3 p.m. CDT start on Friday.
On Monday the Oklahoma Sooners defeated Tulsa to win their regional and will take on Auburn in a best two out of three games super regional. Friday's game will be televised on ESPN2. Saturday's game, a noon start, is set for TV coverage on ESPN. If a game three is necessary the start time is noon on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.
Auburn earned its spot in the super regional round with an 8-2 victory over the visiting Cal Bears of the Pac 12. The Tigers finished 3-0 in their regional with two wins vs. Cal and one vs. East Tennessee State.
Auburn, which is 49-10, is the No. 7 national seed. Oklahoma, the No. 10 seed, is 54-9 after rallying out of the losers bracket of its own regional when the Sooners were upset by North Dakota State in their opening game.
In last year’s College World Series at Oklahoma City the Sooners defeated Auburn 3-2 in game one, lost 11-7 in game two and took a 2-1 victory in the deciding contest.
Kaylee Carlson has a 27-4 record this season as a junior.
In the 2017 season opener for both teams, Auburn took a 3-2 victory over the Sooners in a contest played in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In that game first baseman Kendall Veach hit a pair of solo home runs and Courtney Shea drove home AU’s other run as the Tigers finished with seven hits vs. pitcher Paige Lowary.
Makayla Martin picked up the pitching victory, allowing seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Kaylee Carlson picked up the final two outs to earn the save vs. the Sooners, the Big 12 conference champion.
Auburn announced that 200 temporary seats are being added for the regional in the outfield and are available at aubtix.com.
Auburn coach Clint Myers is looking to take the Tigers to a third consecutive College Softball World Series appearance. Sixteen teams, including eight from the SEC, are competing at eight super regional sites for the eight spots for a trip to Oklahoma City, site of the World Series.