Fullerton, Ca. (EETV)- The No. 22 Auburn Tigers Softball team traveled to California this weekend to compete in the Judi Garman Classic.
The Classic started on Thursday, as Auburn won their first two games of the weekend against Loyola Marymount and the University of Texas San Antonio. The Tigers continued their winning ways early Friday as well, beating the No. 20 Oregon Ducks 8-0.
Auburn performed well in both Thursday matchups. Against Loyola Marymount, Auburn found success at the plate throughout the game as both Kendall Veach and Bree Fornis homered. Fornis' homer knocked in three runs and was the highlight of an already exciting seventh inning for the Tigers, as they tallied five runs to top off the game. Auburn beat LMU 9-2.
This success continued later in the day against UTSA, and pitcher Lexie Handley was the story of this game for the Tigers. In her third start of the season, Handley struck out nine batters, which is her career-high at Auburn. Ashlee Swindle closed the game after entering in the fifth inning, and the Tigers finished UTSA off after an explosive seventh inning. The Tigers won 7-1.
Friday's early matchup against the twentieth-ranked Oregon Ducks, however, proved to be the biggest statement-maker thus far for the Tigers. The Tigers dominated from start to finish and tallied their first win against a nationally-ranked team.
The Judi Garman Classic continues Friday, as Auburn matches up with Washington at 2:30 p.m. as the Tigers look build off of their current 11-game win streak. All games are being played on the campus of Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, California.