Oct. 17, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University softball team continued its fall ball season with a double-header sweep against Southern Union State Community College winning 9-5 in game one and 12-3 in game two on Thursday night at Jane B. Moore Field. With the two wins, Auburn moved to 4-0 in the 2013 fall season.
In game one, redshirt junior Morgan Estell got things started off early for Auburn with a big lead-off home run to left center field in the first inning, giving the Tigers the early 1-0 lead. The Tigers continued to score in every inning until Southern Union finally answered with their first run in the fourth inning.
Sophomore Jade Rhodes had the second Auburn long ball in the game as she left the park to left field in the fourth inning, driving in two RBIs. Both teams had seven hits in the first contest that was marred by 11 total errors between the two teams. Freshman Kasey Cooper, Rhodes, and Estell each led the team with two hits apiece, while starting pitcher Lexi Davis earned the win after giving up only two earned runs over five innings with seven strikeouts.
In game two, Auburn started off with two sacrifice flies by juniors McKenzie Kilpatrick and Branndi Melero in the first inning to take another early lead by a score of 2-0. The Lady Bison answered back and took back the lead in the second inning scoring three runs, forcing the Tigers to buckle down.
The Tigers answered back in a big way scoring eight more runs in the third inning to break the game open and re-take a lead they would never relinquish. Rhodes started off the second inning with another home run to right field for the Tigers, her second of the night. Following her was Cooper with a long ball of her own to right field in the third inning, her second of the fall.
Cooper also was the starting pitcher for the second time this fall, pitching two innings and giving up only one earned run. Marcy Harper finished the game in the circle tallying five innings with 10 strikeouts, two hits and no earned runs. Harper earned the win in game two, her second of the fall season.
Auburn will continue its fall ball season this Saturday against Northwest Florida State College with first pitch for game one slated for 2 p.m. Game two will begin roughly 25 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
2013 Fall Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 10 - vs. Wallace State – W 13-1/W 10-3
Thursday, Oct. 17 - vs. Southern Union – W 9-5/W 12-3
Saturday, Oct. 19 - vs. Northwest Florida State College - 2 p.m./4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 - vs. Gulf Coast State College - 3 p.m./5 p.m.