The Auburn Tigers host the Troy Trojans in their second and final matchup of the season this Wednesday.
The first matchup between these two took place on March 1st, in Troy, Alabama. The Tigers took care of business, shutting out the Trojans 11-0.
Since that game, the Tigers have a record of 13-11. On the other hand, Troy’s record since then is a scorching 18-4-1.
For Auburn, this isn't an easy midweek matchup and they will have to play at a high level to defend their home turf. Here are four keys to victory for the Auburn Tigers.
Let Maddie Penta Cook: Penta got it done for the Tigers last time against the Trojans, going five innings allowing one hit on ten strikeouts. Penta has put together a phenomenal junior campaign, striking out 205 batters in 132.1 innings pitched with a sub one ERA at 0.90. Penta put together her seventh and eighth double-digit strikeout games at Florida this past weekend.
Strike Fast and Early: In the Trojans last nine games, they are carrying a +31 run differential, outscoring opponents 52-21. The Tigers put up three in the first inning on the road last time and the Trojans offense shut down. Nelia Peralta has been leading off the Tigers lineup and leads the team with 31 runs, eight more than any other Tiger. Auburn will look for their leadoff to get on and take advantage early.
Nelia Peralta Keeps it Rolling: Speaking of Peralta, she has been a big part of the Tigers offense. Peralta’s 31 runs scored is a result of her outstanding .507 on base percentage. Peralta works counts and finds ways on, which is reflected in her team leading 32 walks. The Tigers need Peralta to keep reaching base to apply pressure on the Trojan defense and pitching staff.
Silence Taylor McKinney: To say McKinney’s name will be circled on the lineup card is an understatement. McKinney leads the Trojans in average (.377), home runs (10), RBI’s (41), runs (33), slugging percentage (.746), and total bases (85). The Tigers kept her hitless in the first one and will strive to do it again.
If Auburn completes these four aspects in their matchup against Troy, they should come out on top at home. First pitch from Jane B. Moore is set for 6 P.M. Wednesday night.