Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports Reporter
Missouri Tigers softball dropped both the game and the weekend series to the No.7 Auburn Tigers on Sunday. After holding Auburn off the board early and keeping pace with the seventh-ranked Tigers, Missouri let the game slip away in the bottom half of the fifth, when Auburn hung five runs on the board. Missouri failed to rally and dropped the game 5-1.
Missouri starter Cheyenne Baxter, who picked up the win in the series opener on Friday, tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings before the Auburn offense broke through for a run. In her three innings pitched, Baxter allowed just that one run while striking out two and walking three. She was credited with the loss, moving her to 12-5 on the season.
Danielle Baumgartner, who relieved Baxter, struggled to find her groove. In her two innings of work, she allowed four hits, two walks and five runs, all of which were earned. It was a long series for Baumgartner, who suffered the loss in Saturday’s contest.
On the bump for Auburn was Kaylee Carlson, who baffled Mizzou hitters throughout the entire game. In her complete game effort, she held Mizzou to just three hits and managed to retire 10 straight Mizzou hitters at one point. It was the second consecutive day that Auburn’s starter was able to go the distance.
The lone bright spots on offense for the visiting Tigers included Kirsten Mack’s first inning single that extended her on base streak to 20 games, a career long. The lone run came via a solo home run from Cayla Kessinger. The long ball led off the sixth inning with the Tigers already behind 6-0. Missouri’s offense appeared out of gas after posting 10 runs over the first two games of the series.
Mizzou will look to rebound quickly as they open their busy week with a game at home against Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday, April 18.