Auburn continued its dominance on every part of the diamond against Troy tonight.
The No. 19 Auburn Tigers (16-1) beat the Troy Trojans (10-6) 11-0 on the road tonight.
“We really used the change up tonight,” said Auburn head coach Mickey Dean. “When you have a pitcher that throws with the velocity that Maddie (Penta) does on top of a good change-up, it is difficult as a hitter. Her rise ball started really popping in the second inning.”
Penta got the start for Auburn and improved to 9-0 on the season. She tossed five innings, allowed one hit and struck out 10 batters. Shelby Lowe took over for the last two innings, in which she walked one batter and struck out three.
Leanna Johnson got the start for the Trojans and picked up her second loss of the season. She pitched three innings, allowing three hits, four runs and struck out three batters. Olivia Cato provided 3.2 innings of relief and allowed six hits, seven runs, walked two batters and struck out one. Haley Pittman finished the game up, walking one batter and striking out one as well.
Auburn’s bats came alive early as Carlee McCondichie doubled to left center to score Nelia Peralta in the top of the first inning. Lindsey Garcia also hit a triple that scored Kenadie Cooper and McCondichie in the top of the first inning.
In the top of the third inning, Bri Ellis hit a sac-fly to bring McCondichie home once again. Denver Bryant scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fourth inning to put the Tigers up 5-0.
The top of the seventh inning saw another offensive explosion from the Tigers. Maia Engelkes doubled to right center to score McCondichie, Millie Roberts and Makayla Packer. Axe Milanowski hit a three-run homer to left-center that also scored Sydney Cox and Engelikes.
Auburn will be back in action this weekend when the Tigers host the Jane B. Moore Memorial. Their opponents will be Bowling Green and South Alabama at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively, South Alabama and Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively, then Bowling Green again on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.