AUBURN, Ala. -- No. 3 Auburn Softball team posted a 5-1 win over Boston College on Thursday evening and improved to 11-1 on the year. The two teams play tomorrow as part of the three-day long Tiger Invitational with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the rematch.
Auburn led early in this game and the quick advantage was more than enough for the Auburn pitching staff. Starter Marcy Harper (4-1) was efficient in the circle for the home squad as the senior scattered four hits across her 4.1 innings of work. Sophomore Kaylee Carlson came in relief for the senior and picked up the first save for the Tigers this season
"Marcy pitched great tonight," Auburn head coach Clint Myers said. "She moved the ball in-and-out, changed locations, mixed speeds. And the way Kaylee came in and shut the door, that says a lot about her."
The Tigers jumped to a 4-0 lead after three innings courtesy of two two-run innings in the second and third. Whitney Jordan drew a walk to lead off the second and scored off Victoria Draper's infield single. Tiffany Howard provided two-out, RBI-bunt single to drive in Draper.
Next inning Jordan hit an RBI single and Courtney Shea followed with a sacrifice to put Auburn ahead by four.
Boston College's pinch hitter Tatiana Cortex hit a solo homerun off Harper to give the Eagles (4-7) their only run of the game in the fifth frame.
Emily Carosone added back the insurance run in the bottom half of the frame with a line drive off the fence for her fourth double of the season. The hit drove in Howard who reached base all four times tonight.
Despite taking control of the game early with a 4-0 lead after three innings, the Tigers were never able to pull away in this one. One of the biggest obstacles of the night for Auburn were the base paths. Auburn put all six leadoff runners on board but yielded a single run for their efforts.
"We're not going to make an excuses," Myers said. "If you've got a uniform on, you've got to know things. We ran ourselves out of some innings tonight but the buck stops with me. We'll be better prepared tomorrow.
"We had opportunities, we didn't capitalize on them," said Myers. "We're better than that. All in all, it was a good night, it was a win. And that's what great teams do, they figure out a way to win."
Auburn hosts the Tiger Invitational this weekend with a rematch against Boston College set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. Indiana State, St. John's and Western Illinois round out the tournament field.