AUBURN, Ala. — The No. 16 Missouri softball team defeated No. 20 Auburn 7-6 in Game 3 of a series to complete its first Southeastern Conference series sweep of the season Sunday in Auburn, Ala. Missouri is now 32-10 overall and in 9-6 SEC play.
Junior first baseman Kelsea Roth propelled Missouri at the plate with a grand slam. Junior third baseman Corrin Genovese and freshman right fielder Kelli Schkade each added solo home runs to the effort.
Senior pitcher Alora Marble entered the game for freshman pitcher Casey Stangel in the fifth inning and earned the win for Missouri. Marble pitched three innings and allowed five hits.
Roth's grand slam got things started for Missouri in the top of the third inning, giving the team a 4-0 lead.
Auburn fought back with a two-RBI single by freshman Jenna Abbott and a two-run home run by freshman Madi Gipson in the fourth, tying the game 4-4.
Missouri took the lead again in the fifth when senior left fielder Mackenzie Sykes scored on a fielder's choice play. Auburn tied it back up in the sixth, though, when sophomore Kelsey Bogaards scored on a throwing error.
Genovese's and Schkade's homers in the seventh inning gave Missouri the lead once again, bringing the score to 7-5.
An RBI double by Auburn junior McKenzie Kilpatrick in the bottom of the seventh brought the final score to 7-6.
Missouri faces Iowa next in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Iowa City, Iowa.