Lexi Davis pitches Auburn to a win at LSU
By Charles Goldberg
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coach Clint Myers watched his team dance out of one jam, then another, and saw his team's only hit stand up as the game-winner.
Auburn's 1-0 victory over LSU was thrilling, and significant. The Tigers can win the Southeastern Conference regular-season softball championship on the last day of the regular season Sunday if they beat LSU for the third straight day and if Missouri beats Florida.
Haley Fagan's fourth-inning homer was the offense, Lexi Davis and Rachel Walters combined on the shutout and Auburn showed it can withstand pressure-packed situations. LSU had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth, and didn't score. LSU put the first two runners on in the seventh and came up short.
"Great teams figure out ways to win, and we did it tonight," Myers said.
Auburn improved to 46-8 overall and 18-5 in the Southeastern Conference, a half-game back of Florida. LSU fell to 43-10 overall and 14-9 in the league, losing at home for only the third time this season, twice in the last two nights to Auburn. Tune in Sunday: Auburn-LSU starts at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
"It's so clutch how our defense picks us up and our pitching picks us up," Fagan said. "Our whole lineup is stacked, one through nine, and it feels great for me to come up with that hit. My teammates have been picking me up the last two weeks, so for me to pick them up and get that hit is a great feeling."
Davis improved to 20-2, that coming after an 11-mintue delay in the sixth for umpire conferences.
"I guess they were trying to figure out some logistics, but the team did a great job of staying focused," Davis said.
Overall, she said, "it's a testament of how hard we've worked and how hard we've practiced.
"I was just trying to slow the game down in my head. And our defense was fantastic."
Auburn has four hits in the two games at LSU... and two wins.
"Our pitchers have really done an outstanding job," Myers said. "Lex came in and did a phenomenal job. Rachel came in and really did a very good job at the end.
"Great pitching, great defense and timely hitting. We only got one hit, but it was a big one."
Myers said winning the SEC title Sunday would "be awesome." But he doesn't want to stop there.
"We're going to get ourselves ready for the SEC Tournament and the post-season," he said. "We've got one more day and we need to go out and take care of business."
Auburn has done that most of the way through the SEC regular season.
"We've won seven of eight series, and that's pretty doggone good," he said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine