AUBURN, Ala. - A day of hot bats coupled with strong defense led the 12th-ranked Auburn softball to victory in Saturday's doubleheader sweep over Western Carolina and Western Illinois (6-12) on day two of the Wilson/DeMarini Classic at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn improved to 21-2 on the season.
The Tigers took on Western Carolina (4-10) in the first game of the day. Defense rained supreme in the contest as the Tigers defeated the Catamounts 5-0, only allowing four hits in the game. It is the 15th shutout of the season for the Mickey Dean-led Tigers.
Auburn's pitching staff once again showed its strength and depth as junior Makayla Martin started the contest without allowing a single hit in the three innings that she pitched. The right-hander from San Diego, Calif. faced the minimum over those 3.0 innings, striking out five before being relieved in favor of Ashlee Swindle (1-0).
Swindle, a sophomore from Jasper, Ala., pitched 3.0 innings and struck out two Catamount batters to earn her first win of the season.
Kara Bilodeau, a freshman from Cumming, Ga., pitched the last inning of the contest, striking out two of the four batters she faced to close out the game.
Catamount pitcher Lily Hayes (0-4) was charged with the loss after giving up all five of the Tigers' runs on six hits. Hayes also walked eight batters.
Auburn once again started hot offensively, scoring three runs in the second inning on a pair of homeruns. One run came courtesy a solo shot from senior Courtney Shea, who led the team with two hits, and Kendall Veach plated the others on a 2-run bomb to left field.
The second game of the day showed another consistent defensive performance, but even hotter offense from the Tigers as they rattled off 11 hits to defeat Western Illinois (6-12) by a final of 6-2.