The first SEC series of the weekend was a bit strange, but it came out well for Auburn! I expected games that were in the 1-0 or 2-1 range. Instead, we got 5-4, 0-8, and 5-4. For Auburn, it was good to see that the bats came alive against SEC pitching.
Game 1: 5-4 Auburn
LSU started the scoring in this one thanks to a Sahvanna Jaquish 2-run homer in the 1st inning. She's a dangerous hitter, as she proved multiple times this weekend. Auburn answered with 3 runs in the 3rd with RBIs by Fagan, Veach, and Shea. LSU tied it in the 4th and then took the lead 4-3 in the 5th on an unearned run by error.
Auburn answered in the 5th, though, with Kendall Veach scoring Haley Fagan on a RBI double. Then an error cost LSU with Morgan Podany reaching safely and Courtney Shea crossing the plate for the 5-4 lead. That proved to be all Auburn needed to secure the win.
Game 2: 8-0 LSU (Played Sunday afternoon postponed from Saturday night)
This game went badly for Auburn. The Bayou Tigers shut Auburn's batters down and again some errors and a big home run by Jaquish helped drive the nail in the coffin for the Good Tigers. LSU gave Auburn its first run-rule loss since last May and the first shutout in SEC play since 2015.
Game 3: 5-4 Auburn
Auburn jumped up early in this one, getting 2 in the first inning. They couldn't get any more, unfortunately. Then in the top of the 5th, LSU got on the board and scored 3 to take the 3-2 lead. Auburn answered in the bottom of the 5th, though. Haley Fagan knocked a double and drove in 2 runs with only 1 out on the board to put the Good Tigers back on top.
LSU wasn't done, though. A rare error in center field by Victoria Draper on a Sahvanna Jaquish hit let LSU score a run and tie it up at 4 in the 7th. Kaylee Carlson got a key strikeout and then Kendall Veach caught a pop foul to get Auburn out of the inning.
Draper came to bat in the bottom 7th and grounded out for the first out. A Carlee Wallace single and Kasey Cooper walk put two on with Fagan at the plate. She hit a grounder to the shortstop who threw Wallace out at 3rd for the 2nd out. Then, Kendall Veach came to the plate. Veach grounded over to 3rd, but the throw to 1st was off allowing Cooper to score from 2nd and give Auburn the game and series win.
The excitement for the walk-off win was so great that even Auburn's running back got in on the fun on Twitter:
WE ARE A SOFTBALL SCHOOL— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) March 12, 2017
Auburn goes on the road for the next few games. First, they'll play SEC foe Tennessee in Columbia, TN before taking on Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro. After that, they head to warmer climes for the USF Tournament beginning this Friday in Tampa/Clearwater. The next SEC series comes the weekend after that in Gainesville against the Gators followed by a series at UGA in Athens and a midweek game against Samford in Birmingham. The Tigers won't return home for almost a month when they take on Ole Miss the weekend of 7-9 April.