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Auburn Softball starts season with no-hitter and sweep

By Giana Han |

With a no-hitter on opening day and a sweep in their first series of the year, the Tigers got off to a strong start.

The series began with an impressive collegiate debut from freshman Maddie Penta. Against Southeastern Missouri State, the right-handed pitcher threw a no-hitter, the first for Auburn since 2018. She struck out seven in the five innings she pitched and walked four batters.

Auburn started another freshman in the second game of the double header. Left-hander Shelby Lowe also got her college career off to a strong start. Although she allowed eight hits and a run, she also threw 11 strikeouts.

The Tigers won both of Saturday’s games, 8-0 and 5-1.

“Our defense was tremendous today,” coach Mickey Dean said. “We played 12 innings today, had some assists from the outfield, no errors and great decisions. That’s what excites me. Making key plays in key situations is always important, no matter what sport.”

When the Tigers returned to the field Sunday, they faced much tougher competition. They only managed to score three runs and gave up one.

Senior Mackenna Dowell helped from the plate with a double, an RBI and a run scored. She went a perfect 3-3 from the plate.

The Tigers head to Jacksonville, Fl., next for the Osprey/Dolphin Invitational hosted by North Florida and Jacksonville University. The tournament kicks off Friday with a 12 p.m. CT game against South Carolina.

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