It was a battle of defenses on the third day of the Plainsman Invitational.
Auburn opened up the day with a matchup against the Drake Bulldogs. This would be a tightly contested game, as it went scoreless until the fifth inning. There would only be one hit for the offense in that game, coming in the form of a Tannon Snow home-run in the sixth inning.
The Auburn defense had a phenomenal game and was led by pitcher Makayla Martin. Martin would allow only five hits in her seven innings pitched. Martin is now 3-1 on the year.
The defense came out strong again in the next game in the double-header against Texas Tech. Ashlee Swindle took over pitching duties for the Tigers, and would help lead Auburn to the early 2-0 lead in the second along with Alyssa Rivera’s homer. Tech immediately answered back with a homer of their own en route to a three-run third inning.
After a tight battle, Chardonnay Harris would take the circle in the fifth followed by Martin in the seventh. Tech would hold a lead for the remainder of the game, and ultimately win 5-4.
Despite the loss, Aspen Godwin tallied her first career hit in her first career start for Auburn. Martin, who came in during the seventh, was able to lead the defense to three straight outs in a solid comeback effort.
“We battled,” said Auburn head coach Mickey Dean. “I thought we battled all day long.”
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Auburn now looks ahead to another doubleheader in which it will face Furman and UAB. The matchup against Furman is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CST and the matchup against UAB is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST.
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