The Clint Meyers debut as Auburn’s Head Softball Coach ended last night in a tie after leading the Troy Trojans 6-5 in the sixth inning. The Tigers down at one point 5-1, rallied back to take the lead when rain and sleet caused the game to be called. Under the rules, the score reverts to the last completed inning. That means the game will go down as a 5-5 tie. So the only real winner was the weather.
Eventhough it was disappointing for the Tigers to not win Meyer’s debut game of his first season, his Softball Team did win the first game he coached on the Plains, when back in fall ball Auburn swept Wallace State Community College in a doubleheader 13-1 and 10-3.
One of the Winn-ingest coaches in the sport could not beat the weather though, on a cold and wet night in east Alabama. “They showed some great character in bouncing back,” Myers said. “The most impressive thing was there were zero errors … and if we can have 55 more games of error-less games, I’m going to be a happy camper.”
Auburn scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie it; and had two hits before the seventh inning that by rule was wiped out. McKenzie Kilpatrick hit a 3-run homer and Emily Carosone drove in what would have been the go ahead run in the seventh inning. When starting pitcher Mary Harper was pulled after the first inning, Lexi Davis came on and allowed only two hits and no runs in the final 4 2/3.
Although Coach Meyers didn’t get that first win of the season, make no mistake, there will be plenty to come. Considered one of the best coaches in the country (if not the best), Meyers has a .678 winning record having taken his previous team to eight straight Super-Regionals, made seven appearances in the College World Series, and won nine National Championships.
Auburn will now play five games in three days. The Tigers will play North Dakota State tonight, Morehead State and Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday and then play Texas Tech and Notre Dame on Sunday. It will be a full slate but hopefully this time, the weather doesn’t come away with another win.
Go Tigers beat all five!
Auburn’s softball team won the Plainsman Invite Championship Sunday after finishing the tournament 4-1-1. The Tigers will play again at Jane B. Moore field this coming Friday when they face Marshall and Loyola. The first pitch against Marshall is set for 5:30 p.m. The game with Loyola is schedule for a 7:30 p.m. start.
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