Auburn softball’s championship run comes to a close

Published 5:44 pm Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Auburn softball team won’t make it back to back trips to the Women’s College Softball World Series after being swept by the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday.

The Tigers, who finished their season 49-12, lost to the defending national champions 4-0 Thursday and 5-2 Friday.

Morgan Academy alumni Kendall Veach, who completed her sophomore season on the Plains, finished the year with a .239 batting average, 34 runs, 42 hits, 12 homeruns and 44 runs batted in. Veach had the most homeruns on the team this season followed by senior Kasey Cooper with 10.

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Veach was walked in the second inning of Friday’s game after she was hit by a pitch. She struck out swinging in the fourth, but made it to first after an error by Sooners’ catcher Lea Wodach.

Nicole Pendley put the Sooners up 3-0 in the second inning with a three-run homerun. The Tigers answered back in the third inning with a single homerun from Casey McCrackin. Auburn held the Sooners scoreless in the fourth, and chipped away at the lead again with an RBI from Kasey Cooper.

Oklahoma answered back with two more scores of their own in the sixth. Pendley brought Shay Knighten home. Raegan Rogers stole home on the next play, putting the Sooners up 5-2.