STARKVILLE, MS (WIAT) — One swing of the bat is all Auburn needed to advance to their second straight SEC Softball Tournament championship game with a 2-1 win over top-seeded Florida.
“It was a great day,” Auburn head coach Clint Myers said after the game. “Not very often do you get the chance to play the fourth-ranked and the top-ranked team in the country and come out on top.
Auburn used another big first inning in their second game of the day. Kasey Cooper doubled ahead of Carlee Wallace, who sent a ball over the left-center fence to give Auburn a 2-0 lead before Florida came to the plate.
“When I got that pitch, I just knew what to do with it,” Wallace said. “It was all kind of a blur just because I was just trying to square up a ball as best I could and I honestly think that I missed that home run. I don’t even think I got all of it.
“There’s something about these games where everything’s on the line and we don’t have a choice…there’s no other position I’d rather be put in.”
The Tigers used a strong game in the circle from Kaylee Carlson to keep the Florida bats at bay for most of the game. Carlson threw a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out two for the win. Florida failed to record a hit before the fifth inning.
“I’ve just been trying to trust myself more,” Carlson said. “I’ve just come in relaxed and just trying to get ground balls and let my defense do it’s job and that’s been my goal the last two weekends and it’s been working.”
Auburn now advances to Saturday’s championship game against LSU with a chance to repeat as SEC Champs. The Tigers won their first SEC championship last season.
Saturday’s final is set for 4:00 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.