The Eagles (6-5, 1-0 TRD) flew out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Back-to-back singles by Chelsea Sanders and Taylor Helms was followed by an RBI sacrifice fly by Sarah Smith and an RBI single by Jordan Watson. The Bobcats (6-3, 1-0 TRD) answered right back in the bottom of the inning. Katy Wheeler led off with a single and scored on an RBI triple by Madi Shepherd. Jessie Bishop followed with an RBI double and later scored on an RBI single off the bat of Jessica McPeak to make it 3-2, Cats.
In the top of the second, Auburn loaded the bases and Sanders smacked a three-run triple down the third base line. An RBI double by Madison Shumaker and two-run homer by Smith gave the Eagles a 9-3 advantage. Katy Wheeler led off the Radford second with a double and later scored on Bishop's RBI single to make it 9-4.
Following a scoreless third inning. The Bobcats would strike again in the bottom of the fourth. Shepherd started off the inning reaching base on a dropped third strike. Bishop followed with a walk. Nikki Brewer followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to score Shepherd. Bishop scored on a fielder's choice by Heaven Thomas to pull the Bobcats to within three, 9-6.
Kimberly Smith led off the Eagles fifth with a single. Shumaker walked and the two scored on a two-run double by Helms. An RBI double by Smith, Watson's RBI single and Lauren Snyder's RBI double allowed Auburn to pull out to a 14-6 lead. Radford answered in the bottom of the inning when Taylor Downey led off with a double and then scored on a pass ball to make it 14-7.
Auburn added two more runs in the top of sixth on a two-run double by Helms to make it 16-7.
"We hit the ball well and hard," said Auburn head coach David Hurd. "We gave up more runs than I would like. However, it's always good to start off district play with a win."
Sarah Smith led Auburn with a double, a home run and four RBIs. Chelsea Sanders had two hits, including a triple, Taylor Helms tallied two hits, Jordan Watson had two hits and Lauren Snyder added two hits.
Taylor Downing led Radford, who had 12 hits, with three hits. Madi Shepherd added a double, a triple and an RBI.
"We hit the ball better today, but we still made to many errors," said Radford head coach Dink Morris. "We need to get it all together."
Photo: Radford head coach Dink Morris makes his point with the base umpire during Friday’s game against Auburn. (Photo by Richard Shumaker)