No. 16 Missouri softball defeats No. 20 Auburn, takes series

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 8:06 p.m. CDT

The No. 16 Missouri softball team defeated No. 20 Auburn 8-7 in Game 2 of the series Saturday in Auburn, Ala., clinching its third straight Southeastern Conference series. Missouri is now 31-10 overall and 8-6 in SEC play.

Senior left fielder Mackenzie Sykes led Missouri, going 3-for-4 with with two home runs and a career-high six RBIs. Sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan and junior third baseman Corrin Genovese each added doubles.

Missouri got things started in the top of the first inning with Sykes' first homer, a two-run shot to left-center.

Fagan's double in the second inning added two more runs for Missouri, and Sykes' second home run — a three-run shot — extended the Tigers' lead to 7-0.

Auburn got on board in the bottom of the fourth inning with three consecutive runs off walks with the bases loaded and then a run off a fielder's choice. A three-run homer by Auburn's sophomore Emily Carosone in the fifth tied the game 7-7.

Missouri fought back with an RBI single from Sykes in the sixth, bringing the final score to 8-7.

Senior pitcher Alora Marble, who entered the game for freshman pitcher Casey Stangel in the fourth inning, earned the win for Missouri, pitching 3 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and three hits allowed.

The teams will play the final game of the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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