AUBURN, Ala. -- No. 2 Auburn softball dominated No. 12 Georgia on Saturday afternoon winning 13-2 in five innings to claim their fifth straight SEC series. The Tigers (44-5, 14-3) and Bulldogs (37-12, 9-8) conclude the series tomorrow at 4 p.m. on SECN+.
"You look at how we won the game last night, between the crowd and the players, the whole focus was to come out and continue playing with that energy," head coach Clint Myers said after the game."
"The crowd was in it early, we were in it early, and the big thing was we were able to carry the momentum for all five innings. We got the pitching that we needed, we played defense like we were supposed to, and we clearly have timely hitting."
The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning as the first three Tigers in the lineup all reached base. After a pair of bases-loaded strikeouts, Madi Gipson delivered a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle to give the Tigers the early advantage.
Three more two-out RBI came in the second inning after bunt singles by Victoria Draper and Emily Carosone. The Bulldogs elected to intentionally walk Kasey Cooper. Cooper, last night's hero of the game with her walk-off home run, didn't get any chances for heroics in this one tying a school record by receiving four walks (Carosone).
Jade Rhodes put the ball in play and an error by the Georgia shortstop kept the inning alive and brought a run in. Next batter, Carlee Wallace, punished the Bulldogs for their miscue driving in two runners with a single to make it 5-1. Wallace finished the game tying a career high with four RBI going 2-for-4 and adding another two-RBI single in the third.
Auburn kept the throttle down pushing four runs home in both the third and fourth innings to score in all four frames of the game.
Makayla Martin improved to 11-0 on the year throwing 3.2 innings and striking out two batters in the game. Senior Rachael Walters came in relief for the freshman during the fourth and closed the game down for Auburn.
"All of our pitchers have the ability to step up to that level to define their being in the circle," Myers said. "They are no different than the hitters and the defense, they are working, and they have the confidence to go out there and pitch against anybody."
Carosone cleared the bases with a three-RBI double in the fourth to cap the final score at 13-2.
The win gave Auburn their 20th run-rule win of the year and sixth during conference play.
UP NEXT: The two teams conclude the series on Sunday at 4 p.m.