Auburn Softball set numerous records in the scoring department last season. With hitting coach Casey Myers having departed just prior to this season, you had to wonder if there may be a bit of a drop off in production, at least at first.
If you did wonder that, you'd be wrong. Auburn's offense exploded this weekend, scoring more runs in the five games of the Plainsman Invite. Auburn scored more runs (87) in the first five games of 2016 than some teams scored the entire 2015 season.
Let's put that number into a bit of perspective. The Tigers scored 526 runs total in the 2015 season. Five games into a 56 game regular season (9% through the season), the Tigers have scored 16.5% of their total runs for last year. They scored 64 runs in the first five games of last season, so that's already a bigger performance from the bats. Of course, things will get much more difficult in conference play.
Auburn's bats are so powerful right now that they run-ruled all but one of the five teams. Jane B. Moore Field is becoming quite a difficult place to play for opponents as Auburn has won over 50% of its home games in the last two years via run-rule.
On the mound, the Tigers only allowed 10 runs. The first game of the season was a no-hitter. Two new pitches joined Auburn's 2015 rotation of Marcy Harper, Lexi Davis, and Rachel Walters. Davis and Walters only threw 3 and 4 innings respectively. Marcy Harper threw the most with 9 and she was spot on with an ERA of 0.00 in those innings. The two newcomers are freshman Makayla Martin and sophomore Kaycee Carslon. Since Davis, Harper, and Walters are all seniors, getting some of the younger pitchers a good bit of experience early on is a big help.
Auburn is hoping to get back to the College World Series after last year's trip all the way to the semi-finals. They definitely started the season off on the right foot to do that. It's going to be a fun ride!
Official Site Recaps:
Auburn 28 - Butler 2 (No recap, maybe even the official site felt bad about this one)