Auburn's Tannon Snow (9) bats in the Plainsman Invitational on Friday, Feb. 16, 2019 (photo: auburntigers.com)
Auburn softball hosted UAB, Furman, Drake and Texas Tech in this past weekend’s Plainsman Invitational, a fan-favorite event. Fans were able to get a two-for-one on Saturday and Sunday as one ticket was good for both games. The schedule was moved around slightly as weather postponed Auburn’s second game on Friday with Furman, but not before Auburn run-ruled UAB in the first game of the weekend.
Home runs have been the single biggest concern of the last two Auburn teams regardless of whether it was under now-departed Clint Myers or second-year coach Mickey Dean. However, Auburn has crushed the long ball early this season and is fifth nationally with 18 and has three players in the NCAA’s Top 20. Casey McCrackin is tied for second with five dingers in just ten games. Tannon Snow and Alyssa Rivera have four apiece.
Rivera jumped on UAB in the first inning as she doubled home Tannon and Taylon Snow. It was one of five doubles on the day, which was a welcome sign for some fans that had begun to wonder if the Tigers could get it done any way other than the long ball.
Auburn’s offense exploded in the fourth inning for six runs, and the Tigers didn’t have to hit in the fifth. Makayla Martin was phenomenal, once again, with seven strikeouts and just one hit on the afternoon, holding the Blazers scoreless.
On Saturday, Drake put up a fantastic fight against Auburn, yet …
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