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SEC TOURNAMENT - QUARTERFINAL AT KNOXVILLE TN

Veach hits late homer, lifts Tigers past Wildcats

71 days ago
SEC Network

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 2 seed Auburn eliminated No. 7 seed Kentucky from the SEC Softball Tournament, shutting out the Wildcats 2-0, sending the Tigers to the semifinals for the third consecutive year.

Kendall Veach accounted for the only scoring play in the contest, launching a two-run home run over the right-center wall in the bottom of the sixth inning. This was Veach's 12th HR on the season, tied for third most in the SEC.

"It felt really good," said Veach. "I was just looking for a pitch away from me, and she gave it to me. I was just wanting to put the barrel on the ball, so that's what I did."

Auburn head coach Clint Myers was not satisfied with his team's offensive performance.

"We only got three hits," said Myers. "We got to do a lot better job if we're going to make history. We won, that's the bottom line. That's one thing about this team, they figure out ways to win. It's a different hero each night, tonight it was Kendall Veach."

Auburn RHP Kaylee Carlson (26-3) pitched a complete-game shutout, her sixth of the year. Carlson's 26 wins leads all SEC pitchers.

"She's just a tough kid, very smart," Myers said. "She's a competitor, she loves to win and if you ask her what's fun, she'll say winning is fun and that's what you want in the circle."

UP NEXT: Auburn will face No. 6 seed LSU tomorrow in the semifinals. The game is scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 9 between No. 5 seed Alabama and No. 8 seed Ole Miss on ESPNU.