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Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Cold Pitching Duel In Tuscaloosa

It was a cold night in Tuscaloosa and there was a record crowd in Rhoads Stadium for game one of this rivalry. Auburn secured a 3-0 victory in nine innings which is their fourth straight win against Alabama. You can review the highlights on the Auburn Softball Twitter page.

Kaylee Carlson pitched a gem of a game and threw 161 pitches in 9 innings. She was using her change up to perfection last night and the Alabama hitters had difficulty calculating when to hit the ball.

Alexis Osorio, the pitcher for the Crimson Tide was relieved in the eighth inning after posting 184 pitches, 18 strikeouts and 11 walks. Sydney Littlejohn came in for relief to end the inning. I am sure that the Auburn ladies were pleased with this move since they do tend to hit her well. 

The highlight of the night was watching the head coach of the Crimson Tide, Patrick Murphy be ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes. It appeared to me that this move was orchestrated by the Alabama coaching staff to fire up the team. I think that Patrick Murphy is under fire now that the Alabama Softball team is no longer on top of the SEC.

The scoring began in the ninth inning when Kasey Cooper was hit by a pitch. Carlee Wallace got a base hit and Haley Fagan hit a slow rolling ball to the Alabama short stop and she made an errant throw to first base. Kasey Cooper scored. Kendall Veach hit a ball to left field that scored two more Auburn runs which is all Auburn would need to get the win.

Kaylee Carlson gets my game ball. I feel that she may be one of the best pitchers in college softball. Her change up is called the "Devastator" and the pitch usually freezes the opposing batters.

Auburn and Alabama will face off again tonight at 7 p.m. CDT on ESPN and Makayla Martin will most likely get the start. It will be a great night for some more Auburn Softball.

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