AUBURN, Ala. -- No. 6 Auburn softball sent off their senior class with a 5-4 win over No. 23 Texas A&M on Senior Day to close out the regular season Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers finish the year with a 46-9 record and 16-7 league mark which gives them the No. 4 seed at the SEC Championships.
"We took care of the things we needed to do today," head coach Clint Myers said after the game. "Today was nice but we've still got to play better. We got very good pitching from Kaylee Carlson out there. And we started swinging at strikes and putting the barrel on it."
The 5-4 win helped salvage the weekend as Auburn went 1-2 against Texas A&M and ended the Tigers season-long four-game losing streak.
"What we said yesterday is we're playing for pride at this point. We were a little embarrassed the way we played in those two losses, in front of our fans. We know how to play better and we just needed to get it done. Things are moving the direction they need to be and we are happy right now heading into the SEC Championship."
Auburn went up in the first inning with a two-out RBI single from Carlee Wallace to drive in senior Emily Carosone, who put herself into scoring position with a stolen base.
The Tigers added onto their lead in the third with two more two-outs hits. Kasey Cooper launched her 18th homer of the year and then Jade Rhodes drove in Wallace from first base with a double down the left field line to make it 3-0 for Auburn.
Back-to-back jacks in the fifth inning paved the way for the Tigers win. Carosone hit the first homer and Cooper followed with another solo shot to make it 5-2. It was the fifth time in Cooper's career she had multiple homeruns in a game.
Texas A&M added two runs in the fifth to bring the lead down to 3-2. A solo homerun from Samantha Show, her third of the series, scored the first run off Carlson and a triple by Keeli Milligan brought the next run home.
Sophomore Kaylee Carlson went the distance for the Tigers picking up her 13th win of the year (13-1) in the complete-game performance. Things got tense for a moment in the seventh after a two-run homer by Erica Russell brought the score to 5-4 but Carlson was able to buckle down and get the final out the next batter to give the Tigers the victory.
Auburn heads to the 2016 SEC Championships hosted in Starkville, Miss. The No. 4 seeded Tigers will have a bye the first day and face the winner of No. 5 Alabama and No. 12 Mississippi State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Nusz Park.