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Texas A&M Softball hits the road for SEC opener against No. 20 Auburn

Posted at 5:42 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 18:42:44-04

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M Softball hits the road for the first time in Southeastern Conference play at it travels to No. 20 Auburn for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

Saturday’s game, which can be seen on SEC Network, is scheduled for a 4 p.m. with Sunday’s series finale slated for a 2 p.m. start on SEC Network +. Tiffany Greene and Kayla Braud are on the call for Saturday’s contest as Brit Bowen and Amy Reif broadcast Sunday’s game.

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In the series finale against then-No. 10 LSU last Sunday, the Aggies rallied with a four-run fifth inning to defeat the Tigers, 6-5. The ferocious comeback was highlighted by a two-run double from Riley Sartain and a two-run homer from Baylee Klingler, her first of the season. In the circle, Kendall Potts earned the win as she stymied the potent Tiger offense to one hit in 4.1 innings of relief.

For the season, Texas A&M (16-8, 1-2 SEC) is led offensively by Kelbi Fortenberry and Payton McBride, who top the team with .457 and .404 batting averages, respectively. Sartain leads the team in multiple offensive categories, including home runs (5), walks (11), doubles (7) and slugging percentage (.729), and is tied for the team lead with Fortenberry in total bases (43) and on-base percentage (.519).

McBride paces the pitching staff with seven wins. Potts has tallied four wins as Kayla Poynter has added three and Hannah Mayo has recorded two.

Auburn enters with a 23-4 (0-0 SEC) record and are led offensively by Casey McCrackin and Kendall Veach. McCrackin tops the team with a .427 average and has added six home runs and 21 RBI. Veach powers the offense with 11 home runs and is tied for the team lead with 26 RBI. Makayla Martin holds a 10-2 ledger in the circle with a 0.87 ERA.

Last season, the Aggies opened up Davis Diamond with a three-game sweep over the Tigers. Texas A&M claimed game one, 3-1, before a walk-off 1-0 victory on Saturday. The Maroon & White secured the sweep with a 7-1 triumph.

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