Kasey Cooper's clutch hits help Auburn advance in NCAAs

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*Courtesy Auburn Media Relations*

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Kasey Cooper hit a record-setting home run in her first game Saturday, then had a game-winning single in in the nightcap to help Auburn beat North Dakota State 1-0 to move to the championship round of the NCAA Minnesota Regional on Sunday.

The Tigers will play host Minnesota at 1:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the Super Regional. Auburn would have to beat Minnesota twice to move on. The Golphers need only to win once.

Cooper became Auburn's single-season home run leader when she hit her 18th homer of the year in the first game, a 9-1 win over Green Bay. Cooper came through again in the second game with the clutch game-winning RBI in the seventh.

Auburn won both elimination games to improve to 41-18-1.

Lexi Davis was the starting pitcher in both games, and threw a shutout in the nightcap.

Auburn missed scoring opportunities in Friday's opener. The Tigers didn't in Saturday's win over the Phoenix.

Auburn led 6-0 in the second and 9-1 in the fourth.

Cooper drove in four, Morgan Estell drove in two more.

Davis, Friday's starter, pitched the first two innings Saturday before being pulled, and saved, after Auburn jumped to a quick lead. Hilary Mavromat pitched the next two innings and Jenna Abbott finished the game.

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