Auburn softball hasn’t been its usual power-hitting self in SEC play. But on Saturday night, the big bats were back for the Tigers thanks to two of their best sluggers — sophomore first baseman Kendall Veach and junior catcher Carlee Wallace.
Veach and Wallace each had four RBIs to lead No. 5 Auburn softball to a 10-4 road win Saturday night against No. 18 Georgia. Wallace had a leadoff home run and a bases-clearing triple in the first two innings, while Veach hit a pair of home runs in the late innings to spark a rout.
Auburn (30-5, 4-3 SEC) provided ample run support for pitcher Makayla Martin, who went the distance for her 13th win of the season. The Tigers had a pair of 4-run innings thanks to offense from all over the lineup, as six different Auburn hitters recorded an RBI in the contest.
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Following a controversial play at her plate, Wallace gives Auburn the lead again with a vengeance in the 2nd inning.
After Wallace led off with a solo home run, Georgia picked up two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning in controversial fashion. Auburn came close to gunning down a runner at the plate for the third out, but Wallace was called for interference with the runner. The inning continued, and Georgia picked up another run.
When Wallace returned to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning, she had the bases loaded. The junior catcher promptly cleared them with a triple off the top of the right field wall that came a foot away from a grand slam.
That bases-clearing triple gave Auburn a 4-2 lead, and Courtney Shea brought her home a few batters later with a sacrifice fly. While Georgia didn’t score again until the 5th inning to keep the game alive, Auburn jumped all over the Bulldogs’ pitching staff throughout the night to get the high-scoring victory.
Player of the game
C Carlee Wallace: 3-for-4 with 1 HR, 1 3B and 4 RBI
Wallace stayed behind the plate for Game 2 — something she rarely does — in the wake of pitching coach Corey Myers’ resignation earlier this week. While Wallace had one throwing miscue after the controversial go-ahead play in the bottom of the 1st, she was perfect at the plate.
The junior catcher came close to batting for the cycle after she beat out a grounder for a single in the 3rd inning. She drew a hit-by-pitch in the 5th inning, ending her chances at the second cycle in school history.
However, her 4 RBI day was more than enough to inspire an Auburn offense to find its groove again at the plate. She’s been the most consistent hitter for the Tigers in 2017, and she had one of her best performances Saturday night alongside the power-hitting Veach.
What’s next for Auburn softball
Auburn goes for the sweep Sunday in a day finale with Georgia.
Auburn will try for its first sweep in SEC play this season in Game 3 against Georgia. The game will start at noon ET/11 a.m. CT, and it will be televised on the SEC Network. Kaylee Carlson (17-1) will take the circle for Auburn.