I didn't know much about Longwood coming into this series. I have to say that the Lancers can leave Auburn with their head held high. They may have been swept, but they gave Auburn a tougher series than many teams Auburn has played this year.
I honestly thought this would be three straight run-rule games. That just shows how little I know about softball at this point. Every game went the full seven innings. Auburn won their 12th game in a row, 37th overall, but had to work for every one of them.
Friday (2-1 Victory)
Kasey Cooper was the hero of Friday night with her 6th inning home run to put the Tigers ahead for good just after the Lancers had tied the game. Rachel Walters and Makayla Martin allowed 4 hits and just the single run. Auburn's bats, meanwhile, only tallied 3 hits, including that Cooper home run. It was Coop's 12th of the year, putting her one behind Jade Rhodes for the team lead.
Saturday (5-2 Victory)
The score seems to show that the bats were a little hotter on Saturday, but that's really not the case. The Tigers were still out-hit by the Lancers, 5 hits to 4 hits. Passed balls, walks, a few timely fielder's choice plays, all of the bounces seemed to go Auburn's way to lead to the win. Kaylee Carlson got the nod on the mound in this one, with Makayla Martin once again coming on in relief to close it out.
Sunday (6-5 Victory)
The bats really were a bit better in this one, but the Lancers were able to get runs, as well. They made it interesting picking up runs in the 6th and 7th inning to cut the lead down to one. Three pitchers combined on the mound for this one, with Marcy Harper getting the start, Lexi Davis coming on in relief and tallying the win, and then Rachel Walters getting the save.
A midweek game in Birmingham against UAB is coming up this Wednesday before the Tigers head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to get back into SEC play when they take on the Hawgs.