Auburn makes history at UGA

Jay G. Tate, Publisher
Auburn Sports
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Some three days after associate head coach Corey Myers' abrupt and unexpected resignation, Auburn consummated its first-ever series sweep at Georgia with a 4-3 victory Sunday. The undefeated weekend was significant in that the Tigers now have LSU, Florida and Georgia — all upper-division teams prior to this weekend's games — in their rear-view mirror.

The team's next four series will be played against unranked programs.

The story Sunday centered around Kendall Veach, who finished off a torrid weekend with a pair of triples. She drove in a run and scored twice, bringing her weekend tally to seven RBIs, four extra-base hits and four runs.

Freshman Alyssa Rivera tightened her grip on the job in right field with another impressive performance. She was 2-for-3 at the plate and made two outstanding plays in the field — gunning down a runner at the plate from approximately 20 feet from the outfield wall and a diving grab on a fly ball just beyond the first-base line.

Pitcher Kaylee Carlson didn't have her best stuff Sunday — the junior allowed 11 hits during her seven innings of work — but the Tigers' defense made enough plays behind her. Auburn wasn't sharp in the field per se, though it was competent during the most high-pressure moments.

Auburn (31-5, 6-3) led early, but Georgia equalized in the fourth inning. The Tigers regained the lead during the fifth inning when catcher Courtney Shea's RBI groundout allowed Veach to score from third base. That created a one-run advantage that Carlson never conceded.

The sweep represents a best-case scenario for the team. Still, the news wasn't all good. The Tigers stranded 38 runners during the three-game series and committed six errors.

Auburn resumes play Wednesday night at Samford before playing host to Ole Miss next weekend.

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