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Auburn wins second straight SEC Championship

1603 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Mississippi State Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- No. 4 seed Auburn and No. 7 seed LSU met in the SEC Tournament for the tenth time with Auburn taking the championship title, 7-1.

The Auburn bats came alive in the second, starting with a Madi Gipson single. Whitney Jordan followed with a single of her own to move Gipson to third. After walking the next batter, Auburn's leadoff hitter, Tiffany Howard stepped to the plate. Howard hit a chopper to Constance Quinn who couldn't field the ball cleanly, allowing Howard to reach safely and Gipson to score Auburn's first run. The bobble was LSU's first error in the 2016 SEC Tournament. Emily Carosone added a single up the right side past a diving Quinn. Another LSU fielding error allowed three more Auburn runs to score on the play. Auburn ended the second inning up 4-0.

LSU added a run of its own in the top of the 3rd inning when Amber Serrett scored on a wild pitch by Makayla Martin.

Auburn continued the offensive push in the sixth inning when Kasey Cooper and Carlee Wallace had a pair of singles. The Cooper single was the first hit given up by LSU's Carley Hoover who came in to replace Sydney Smith with two outs in the second inning. Jade Rhodes made the score 5-1 Auburn when she singled up the right side to bring Cooper home.

Tiffany Howard added the final runs of the game with a 2-run home run to right center field.

Auburn wins the SEC Championship for the second straight year, becoming only the third team to win back-to-back titles. Auburn senior Emily Carosone was named Tournament MVP.

The All-Tournament Team consists : Nicole DeWitt, (UF), Kelsey Stewart (UF), Meghan Gregg (UT), Matty Moss (UT), Bianka Bell (LSU), Carley Hoover (LSU), Sandra Simmons, (LSU),  Kaylee Carlson (AU), Emily Carosone (AU), Tiffany Howard (AU), and Carlee Wallace (AU).