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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Auburn Softball Team faces adversity and takes another SEC series

This Auburn Softball Team continues to amaze me. They are findings ways to win after losing several key players last week. As you have probably read, senior shortstop Haley Fagan, sophomore starting pitcher Makayla Martin and freshman Brittany Maresette were arrested last Thursday morning for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. All three have been suspended from the Auburn Softball Team indefinitely and I commend Clint Myers for his action. They have already missed 3 games. Of course, if these girls were starting SEC football players, the punishment would have most likely been a half game suspension against a lesser opponent. It appears to me that it may be time for the NCAA or the SEC to impose a consistent drug policy for both women and men in all sports. This will be an expensive life lesson for each player.

Game 1

Auburn won this game against South Carolina 2-0 and Kaylee Carlson picked up her 22nd win. Auburn had 5 his and no errors. Kasey Cooper and Victoria Draper each had 2 hits. Kasey Cooper had a double and 1 RBI. Victoria Draper had 2 stolen bases which both led to runs. Alyssa Rivera continues to impress me with her play in the field and at the plate. She had a single in this game and now has a hit in 11 straight games. 

Game 2Freshman Ashlee Swindle from Jasper, Alabama got her first career start and a win for Auburn by pitching a 2-0 shutout and only allowed 2 hits. She pitched 5 1/3 innings and Kaylee Carlson was put in for relief. It will be up to Ashlee and Kaylee to pitch Auburn to the NCAA playoffs unless Makayla Martin is allowed to return to the team.
Alyssa Rivera and Kendall Veach each had 2 base hits and Victoria Draper got a hit. Kendall Veach had a solo home run. If Victoria gets on first base she is always looking for the steal with her speed. 

Game 3

There is little to say about this game and the highlights only belong to South Carolina.
 Auburn lost this game to South Carolina 3-0. Auburn played this game early this morning to avoid the rain. Auburn only managed two hits and Kaylee Carlson did not have her best day. Auburn had 3 errors and Carlee Wallace had a throwing error to third base that allowed a run to score.
Auburn will meet Alabama State in Montgomery at Lagoon Park this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  Mississippi State comes to Auburn next weekend and I will be at the game on Saturday after the "Bo Jackson" bike ride festivities are over.

Enjoy the week!

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