Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

Heading into their sixth SEC series, the Mizzou softball team had yet to pick up a series win in their conference play. The nearly five-week drought came to end on Saturday though, as the Tigers defense only allowed No. 8 Auburn to tally five runs over the two-day series, picking up the series win and sweep over the Tigers. Each of the two victories were sealed on Saturday, the conclusion of game 1, 5-4, and later the same day, 5-1 in game two.

Play was stopped short due to inclement weather on Friday. The two teams managed to squeeze in six innings though before play was called and rescheduled to begin on Saturday. Auburn maintained control in the earlier stages on game 1 though, thanks to a pair of homeruns from Taylon Snow (fourth inning) and Alyssa Rivera (sixth inning) to put the Tigers up 4-0. Mizzou responded nicely with a homer from Cayla Kessinger in the sixth, but unfortunately the dark clouds quickly approached Mizzou Softball Complex, forcing play to be done for the day.

Mizzou woke up hungry and ready to finish game one on Saturday. The Tigers were backed by freshman Trenity Edwards who sent a game-tying pinch hit three-run homer over the fence and sophomore Cayla Kessinger who launched a walk-off solo homerun in the seventh inning, giving the Tigers the one-point edge over Auburn, 5-4.

Mizzou was able to carry the momentum into game two, where freshman Lauren Rice delivered her seventh complete game this year, throwing seven innings, allowing only five hits, and polishing her performance off with four K’s. Not only did the Tigers have a flamethrower in the circle, the bats were also a key component to the team’s success. Sophomore Braxton Burnside and junior Rylee Pierce each added in homeruns for the Tiger squad. To cap off game two, freshman Brooke Wilmes knocked a double to right field, driving in Regan Nash. From start to finish, Mizzou had their name tattooed to game two, defeating Auburn, 5-1.

Due to player safety concerns and low wind chill temperatures, the series finale between Mizzou and Auburn was cancelled.

With the win, Mizzou moves to 24-21 on the season, 6-11 (SEC). Up next, the Tigers will prepare for a three-game series against No. 11 South Carolina beginning April 20. First pitched on Friday is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.