March 20, 2017
- Kaylee Carlson
had high expectations entering her second year with the Auburn softball program. She's off to a 15-0 start with a 0.93 ERA in her junior season, and her most recent outing showed the Garden Grove, Calif. native is for real.
Carlson tossed the second perfect game and the 23rd no-hitter in program history Saturday against Ohio State. She joined Holly Currie
(2005) as the only two pitchers to reach perfection in an Auburn uniform.
"I was just trying to go out there and execute my pitches and my defense made a lot of great plays, so I could not have done it without them," said Carlson following the game.
The junior stepped into elite company last weekend. Here's a few eye-popping statistics on her outing:
||Carlson needed just 66 pitches to toss the complete game. She totaled 41 strikes and only 15 balls to earn the victory.
||Carlson faced 18 batters in total. She threw a first-pitch strike to all 18 batters en route to her first-career perfect game.
||Carlson was on her game all afternoon long as she never reached a count that had three balls in any of the 18 batters she faced.
||Zero could be used in a plethora of ways to describe Carlson's exemplary performance. She allowed zero baserunners, induced the leadoff hitter of the inning to go 0-for-6, held right-handed hitters to go 0-for-15 and left-handed batters to go 0-for-3 from the plate.