Harper and Davis throw back-to-back no hitters to open softball's War Eagle Classic
For the first time in a decade, Auburn softball recorded not one, but two no-hitters in one night.
Sophomore pitchers Marcy Harper and Lexi Davis each pitched a no-hitter Friday night at Jane B. Moore Field, helping the Tigers record a 9-0 win over Radford in five innings and a 10-0 win over IPFW, also in five innings, at the War Eagle Classic.
"I thought both of them pitched magnificent," Auburn head coach Clint Myers said. "They controlled the zone and they made pitches when they had to. Those are things we preach all the time. Attack and let the defense work for you and they did that."
Kristen Keys and Beth DiPietro are the only other Tiger teammates to record back-to-back no-hitters, which they did against Ole Miss in 2004.
Harper started the day against Radford with a 10-strikeout, five-walk no-no. Davis allowed one walk and notched six strikeouts in her no-hitter against IPFW.
Davis' no-hitter was her second of her career, with the last one coming in five innings against Army on Feb. 10, 2013.
The Tigers continued their explosive offensive output Friday night, putting up 19 runs combined on the Highlanders and Mastodons off 18 hits.
Sophomore Jade Rhodes and freshman Kasey Cooper finished the night with four RBI after going a combined 5-for-9 with two home runs.
"The thing that is encouraging is that we are getting better at-bats," Myers said. "You're not going to get a hit on every swing, but if you are going up there with a plan and you're executing you're plan, it increases the chances of you having success and that is what we are starting to do. We have two more tomorrow and two teams that have played Top-25 teams really well so we have got to go out and do it again tomorrow."
Rhodes went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the first game against Radford and smashed a grand slam in game two against IPFW. Cooper hit her seventh home run of the season against IPFW in a three-RBI game.
Auburn will return to Jane B. Moore Field on Saturday for two more games of the War Eagle Classic. The Tigers will take on Savannah State at 3:30 p.m. and Ball State at 5:30 p.m.