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Spring sports roundup: Kilpatrick's big hit lifts Tigers

  • Softball

    Kilpatrick’s homer sends Tigers to victory

    AUBURN - McKenzie Kilpatrick's leadoff home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a tie game and lifted the Auburn softball team to a 5-4 win over No. 4 Florida on Saturday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field.

    Auburn improved to 18-6 overall, 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida dropped to 24-2 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. The rubber game is set for today at 1 p.m. Florida won 13-0 on Friday.

    "I'm really proud of this team's resiliency and the fight they showed today," Auburn coach Tina Deese said. "After last night's game they could have easily folded today, but they came out aggressive and playing with a purpose. We need to put this one behind us now and get ready for tomorrow's game."

    The win marked Auburn's first over a ranked SEC team at Jane B. Moore Field since a 3-2 win over No. 4 Georgia on May 1, 2011.

    Marcy Harper improved to 8-2 with a complete-game victory. Harper allowed four runs, all earned, on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings of work.

    Indoor track

    Rowland second, Adams fourth in 60-meter dash

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Marcus Rowland placed second and Harry Adams finished fourth in the men’s 60-meter championship on Saturday at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

    The Auburn men finished in 14th place with 16 points. The lone women’s competitor, Maya Pressley, scored five points to place 35th overall.

    The finish by the men is the highest for the Tigers since finishing fifth in 2007. The women improved from a 48th-place finish in 2012.

    “When you have teammates pushing each other and training together every day, it gives you a since a confidence and its obvious Marcus and Harry had that confidence today,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “It’s been a rough indoor season, but they both got a lot of confidence today. I’m pleased with how we finished as a team indoors and now we can get ready for the outdoor season.

    Adams (season-best 6.61) placed fourth behind TCU’s Charles Silmon by the slimmest of margins. The senior from Ft. Lauderdale crossed the finish line in 6.608, narrowly behind Silmon in 6.601.

    “I’m more of an outdoor runner anyway, so this performance today is a good thing for me,” Adams said. “I had a good finish and it was a good race for me. It’s time to get ready for the 100 now.”

    Arkansas won the men’s title with 74 points. Oregon was crowned the women’s champion with a total of 56 points.

    The Tigers are in action next on March 28 at the Texas Relays when they open the outdoor schedule. For the latest on Auburn track and field.

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