Oct. 23, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn Tigers softball team completed its fall schedule on Wednesday defeated Gulf Coast State College 11-0 and 14-0 for its seventh and eighth wins of the slate. Auburn totaled 27 hits over both final fall games and the pitching staff continued its dominance from last Saturday with its third and fourth shutouts.
Redshirt junior Morgan Estell continued her excellent fall as she paced the offense, once again, going 3-for-3 in game one and 2-for-2 in game two with four total RBI over the double-header. Estell also hit a two-run home run in the second inning of game two to jump-start the Tigers to a 5-0 lead which would pave the way for nine more runs and Auburn’s second-largest run total in a fall game this season.
On the pitching side of things sophomores Marcy Harper and Lexi Davis both threw complete game shutouts, the first for both pitchers this fall. Harper only allowed three hits to go with eight strikeouts, while Davis had the best outing of the night, letting only two hits drops and 10 strikeouts.
In game one, Auburn started the runs early as Estell scored in the bottom of the first after walking to lead off the game and then an Emily Carosone hit by pitch. Junior McKenzie Kilpatrick singled to left field in the next at-bat for the game’s first RBI.
The game slowed for the next two innings as neither team could scratch anything across, but the Tigers didn’t let that last long. In the fourth, the Orange and Blue loaded the bases with sophomore Jade Rhodes, sophomore Kelsey Bogaards and junior Branndi Melero before freshman Ashley Leon ripped a triple to the left-centerfield wall to clear the bases, scoring three.
The Tigers added two more in the inning after a Maris Media sacrifice fly scored Leon and then later, another Estell hit, this time a double, scored one more to complete the five run inning, the team’s biggest inning output of the night. After four complete innings, the Tigers had a nice 6-0 lead.
Auburn equaled that five-run total over the fifth and sixth innings of game one to finish off the scoring output and complete the 11-run total. A two-run home run by Melero was the big hit in the fifth inning, scoring Kilpatrick. Then, Auburn capitalized on a couple of Gulf Coast State errors in the sixth to compliment four hits in the inning, scoring the final three runs of the game.
Game two was much of the same for the Tigers as three runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the first frame. Melero was responsible for all three runs as her double cleared the bases again to keep the big offense moving. The California-native finished the double-header with four total RBI to add to a 4-for-4 performance.
AU scored two more runs in each the second and third innings to build the game two lead to 7-0, but the contest’s biggest inning came in the fifth. Auburn scored five more runs after another error-laden inning for Gulf Coast State.
The night’s final two runs came off the bat of sophomore Austyn West as she sent a moonshot to straight-away centerfield for a two-run home run, scoring Tiffany Howard. West finished game two with four RBI, giving her five for the night, the highest for anyone on the team.
With the conclusion of tonight’s games, the Tigers will not be back in competition until the 2014 spring season. The schedule has yet to be released, but be sure to check back with AuburnTigers.com when it is available.
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 – W 4-0/W 15-0
Wednesday, Oct. 23 - vs. Gulf Coast State College – W 11-0/W 14-0