Auburn finished up the non-conference portion of the schedule this weekend by hosting the Wilson/DeMarini Classic on the Plains, and sweeping the competition in six games.
The Tigers added four more shutout wins to the resume, and beat Western Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, and Western Illinois twice each to improve to 23-2 overall. On the weekend, Auburn outscored the competition 42-3, and beat UNC-W and WCU in run-rule games on Friday to open the event.
Auburn’s bats were hot across the board, and even the pitching staff got into the action from the plate.
That triple off the bat of Makayla Martin came in the win over Western Carolina, part of a huge night offensively that included four home runs. In the process of the tournament, Mickey Dean earned his 500th career victory as well.
And Auburn got ready for the upcoming series with LSU, which will open SEC play as the first of eight conference series.
“I’d say we’re ready for some LSU.”@kveach12 on @AuburnSoftball opening @SEC play at LSU.— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) March 4, 2018
Tigers’ next home series: vs. Alabama in two weeks (3/16-3/18).
“Everyone got chills.” pic.twitter.com/QlhAUn5qbi
For her work this past week, Victoria Draper was named Co-SEC Player of the Week, as she was 10-12 at bat this weekend, and successfully stole nine bases without getting caught. She also frequents the top of many of the Tigers’ offensive categories:
- BATTING AVERAGE - Victoria Draper - .550
- HITS - Victoria Draper - 33
- RUNS - Victoria Draper - 30
- DOUBLES - Alyssa Rivera/Justus Perry - 8
- TRIPLES - Taylon Snow - 3
- HOME RUNS - Kendall Veach - 5
- WALKS - Victoria Draper/Morgan Podany - 20
And your pitching leaders as well:
- WINS - Kaylee Carlson - 11
- COMPLETE GAMES - Kaylee Carlson - 4
- ERA - Kaylee Carlson - 0.60
- STRIKEOUTS - Kaylee Carlson - 63
OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE - Makayla Martin - .166
Auburn opens the conference season in Baton Rouge against #10 LSU this Friday at 6 pm CST before returning home next weekend to take on #11 Alabama in the first home conference series. War Eagle!