Lexi Davis pitches Auburn past Kentucky in the Tigers' SEC home opener
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tap, tap, tap. Is this mic on? Good. It's time to say Lexi Davis reminded one and all that Auburn is more than a home run team.
The junior starting pitcher stopped Kentucky on five hits and No. 9 Auburn defeated No. 12 Kentucky 5-0 Friday night at Jane B. Moore Field. Davis improved to 13-0.
Auburn improved to 30-2 overall, 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky, a College World Series participant last season, fell to 21-6 overall and 1-3 in the league. The two will meet again Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m. in an impromptu doubleheader, after Sunday's game was moved because of expected bad weather.
Kentucky will be looking for brighter times after running into Auburn's big bats and Lexi Davis on Friday.
"Lexi threw really, really well," said Auburn coach Clint Myers. "We gave her the ball because she had a good week of throwing it in the pen. She knows what she has to do.
"She understands it's what you do here and now, not what you've done in the past. She knows the direction she needs to go. She made some really great pitches.
"It's everybody working together for the common good."
Davis said she was ready.
"I felt fantastic. We came out excited for the SEC opener," she said.
Cooper hit a 2-run homer in the first inning, Rhodes added a homer in the fifth and the Tigers added two more in the sixth inning.
Those early runs, and then some added runs, backed Davis
"You can't beat it," she said. "It helps to take pressure off of my shoulders. I think everyone enjoys the game more. We don't have to be uptight."
Auburn left worried about centerfielder Morgan Estell, who was hit on the wrist in the sixth inning. She was taken to the student medical center for X-rays.
As for the game, Myers said the Tigers left too many on base, 12, and didn't take advantage of all their opportunities.
"It's Kentucky, a World Series team from last year, and everybody got a little bit excited. We've got to be able to control the emotion," he said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:Follow @AUGoldMine