Year in review: Maia Engelkes
Auburn’s season came to an end on Sunday when the Tigers fell 5-1 at the hands of the Clemson Tigers in the final game of the regional hosted by their opponents.
Auburn had a productive year. The Tigers won 43 games for the first time in the Mickey Dean era and finished third in the SEC.
The final senior to highlight in our Year in Review series is Maia Engelkes.
Over the last four seasons, Engelkes has appeared in 55 games, with eight starts. She has also built a resume that includes a career average of .159 with 10 hits, two home runs, and 14 RBI.
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Here’s a look back at the season that was for Maia Engelkes.
Batting average: .231
Engelkes senior season saw her reach her career-best batting average of .231, surpassing her previous high of .143, which she recorded in both 2021 and 2022.
Games played: 14
Engelkes did not reach a career-high in games played, but still found a way to compete in 14 games this season with one start. She appeared in 13 games from Feb. 10 to March 5, but only saw action in one more game during the 2023 season, which was Auburn’s series-clinching in over Mississippi State on May 7.
Engelkes was used primarily as a pinch hitting option, as there was only one game where she recorded more than one at-bat. All three hits came in early March, with her loudest hit being a double in Auburn’s 11-0 win over Troy on March 1.
Home runs: 1
Engelkes hit the second home run of her Auburn career on March 4 against Tennessee Tech during the Jane B. Moore Memorial Tournament. Her long ball would score two runs, and contribute to the Tigers 11-6 with over the Golden Eagles.
Engelkes reached another career high in 2023, this time in RBI. Her season-best total was in Auburn’s win over Troy on March 1 when she scored three runs on a double in the Tigers, 11-0 win.
Slugging percentage: .538
The final career-best that Engelkes reached as a senior was slugging percentage, crushing her previous high of .273 that she recorded during her freshman season in 2020.