AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) – Auburn softball finalized its fall exhibition slate with an undefeated record after a pair of wins on Sunday over Valdosta State and Chipola College. Shutdown innings from the pitching staff and hits at the plate led the Tigers to a perfect performance on the day.
Auburn started the day with an 11-2 win over Valdosta State, with the freshmen proving themselves to be key in the offensive power. Nelia Peralta led off the inning with a walk before coming around to score in an RBI single to center from fellow freshman Bri Ellis.
The Tigers had a four-run second inning. Freshman Rose Roach had a single and then came around to score following a double from sophomore Kelsey Schmidt. Then sophomore Sydney Cox drove in another run with a single before Auburn loaded the bases with a single from junior Carlee McCondichie and a walk. Freshman Aubrie Lisenby finished off the inning with a two-run single to center.
In the third inning, Perlata returned with a bases loaded double to bring the Tigers up 9-0. The fourth inning was led with a walk from junior Lindsey Garcia and slowly stole her way to third base. She was able to score home with the help of a sacrifice fly to center field from Schmidt.
Sophomore Maddie Penta pitched the fourth and fifth innings, avoiding two singles and a pair of hit batters and struck out four players. Leading off the bottom of the fifth, junior Maddie Majors and sophomore Reena Falisi extended the score for Auburn 11-0 with an RBI single.
Right-handed pitcher, KK Dismukes took over in the fifth. An infield single, a one-out walk and an Auburn error allowed a pair of runs to score, bring the score to 11-2. Dismukes would respond in the sixth inning, allowing no runs scored. Senior Samantha Yarbrough tossed the seventh with a pair of strikeouts, refusing to allow a run by Valdosta. The Tigers won 11-2.
Auburn then started strong with an early lead against Chipola. Sophomore Makayla Packer kicked off with a single and scored off of Lisenby’s single. In the second inning, a walk from Rose Roach and double to right field from Cox edged Auburn’s lead 2-0.
Errors from the Chipola defense allowed another run for the Tigers in the fourth inning. Auburn’s offense picked up momentum in an explosive fifth inning getting five runners to Homeplate courtesy of RBI singles from Peralta and Ellis and a three-run bomb to center field from Garcia.
The Chipola Indians felt motivated once back on the offensive. With a runner on second, an infield single led to a score of 8-1. Auburn held back the Indians the rest of the game and picked up two more runs with the help of a Chipola error and a sacrifice fly from Eliss, ending the game victorious with a final score of 10-1.