Auburn softball tops Georgia a day after Corey Myers resignation
Kaylee Carlson didn’t have the same coach calling her pitches, or visiting the circle at critical points, but the Auburn junior had the same mettle she’s shown all season.
The Tigers pitcher wasn’t at her sharpest but she effective and gutted out a complete game win less than 24 hours after associate head coach and pitching coach Corey Myers resigned.
Carlson (17-1) allowed five runs, three earned, on nine hits and three walks and struck out two, No. 5 Auburn capitalized on some of its 11 walks and made some fine defensive plays as it topped No. 18 Georgia, 7-5, the opener of a three-game series Friday in Athens.
“Kaylee was great in the circle tonight,” Auburn coach Clint Myers said in a statement. “The offense had some timely hitting. Alyssa Rivera also made two very fine catches in right field.”
Rewinding Auburn’s 7-5 win over Georgia
Though Corey Myers wasn’t there to guide Carlson, who cruised through the first three innings, he still managed to show appreciation for her efforts by tweeting support to the right-hander as well as a couple of Tigers hitters during the course of the game.
It was unclear who was calling pitches and handling the duties as pitching coach for Auburn on Friday, though head coach Clint Myers visited Carlson in the circle on a couple of occasions. Neither the SEC Network+ nor Auburn’s radio broadcast so much as acknowledged Corey Myers’ resignation, which was announce at 9:15 p.m. CT Thursday night.
Auburn (29-5, 4-3 SEC) had a two-out rally in the third thanks to two walks, a hit batter, an error that scored a run and two-run single by Kendall Veach (2 for 5) that made it 3-0.
“I think my success came from this dirt’s hard so I was trying to hit the hardest ground ball I could,” Veach said during a postgame radio interview. “It would up being a great line drive and I got to score the runs.”
Georgia got on the board on a pair of RBI singles in the fourth to make it 3-2, but the Tigers got a run back in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Casey McCrackin, who drew three free passes on the day.
The Bulldogs (27-8, 2-5 SEC) tied it at 4 in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double by Lacey Sumerlin before Carlson got out of a jam thanks to McCrackin throwing out the would-be go-ahead run at home.
Auburn regained the lead in the sixth after back-to-back singles by Victoria Draper and Carlee Wallace (2 for 4), back-to-back walks to Kasey Cooper and Haley Fagan, who had four walks in the game, Courtney Shea’s RBI hit by pitch and a throwing error that made it 7-4.
After Georgia cut it to 7-5 and had the tying run aboard with two outs, Carlson struck out Alyssa DiCarlo to close the sixth.
UGA’s Brittany Gray (17-5) allowed seven runs, three earned, on five hits and 11 walks and struck out six but managed to get the Tigers to leave the bases loaded in each of the final three innings.
Auburn will try to clinch the series win behind Makayla Martin at 6 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPN.
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Published at Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:54:00 +0000