Mizzou softball comes up short at Auburn

Mizzou softball comes up short at Auburn

Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter

Coming off a series-opening win against the seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers, Missouri looked to keep the momentum going in game two. The Missouri Tigers gave a great effort, but a four-run fourth inning for the Auburn Tigers ultimately would be enough to drive them to a 5-4 victory.

Missouri opened up the scoring in the second inning when Rylee Pierce came across to score due to an error by the Auburn first baseman. Cayla Kessinger reached first base on the play.

Missouri also scored a run in the top half of the fourth inning. Gabby Garrison tripled down the left field line, driving in Colby Romaine all the way from first base. Mizzou led 3-0 going into the bottom half of the fourth.

Auburn’s half of the fourth proved to be the downfall for Missouri. Two straight singles put runners on first and third, signaling the end of the night for Mizzou starter Madi Norman. Parker Conrad replaced Norman, who gave up six hits while striking out three.

Conrad walked a batter and also recorded an out before being replaced herself. With the bases loaded, Cheyenne Baxter took over for Conrad. The very next batter, Carlee Wallace, ripped a triple to right center field and unloaded the bases, tying the game. Wallace scored later on a wild pitch that gave Auburn the lead.

Auburn scored again in the sixth to push the lead to 5-3. Missouri had one more opportunity in the seventh to take the lead. Two straight walks and a fielder’s choice put runners on first and second after Garrison was thrown out at third base. Braxton Burnside was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs.

Chloe Rathburn had a chance to put Mizzou ahead if she hit the ball into the outfield. Rathburn singled and brought home Kessinger, but Regan Nash got caught in a pickle between third base and home plate. She was tagged out, ending the game and giving Auburn the 5-4 win.

Makayla Martin was on the mound for Auburn, pitching a complete game. She walked six batters and struck out four while gaining her 15th win of the season. Danielle Baumgartner took the loss for Missouri, her fifth of the season.

Missouri will look for its 25th win of the season and a series win in game three on Sunday, April 16. First pitch from Auburn is scheduled for 2 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.