No. 8 Auburn scores ten runs, bests No. 20 Missouri Softball

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By Matt Horn, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 29-

The No. 20 Missouri softball team ended a weekend series against No. 8 Auburn with a 10-8 loss on Sunday.

Auburn took rubber match and the series, scoring 29 runs during the three game stand.

Mizzou fell to 22-7 on the season and 5-4 in SEC play. The SEC leads all conferences with eight schools in the top 25.

Missouri hit the ball relatively well; the struggles at the mound were their Achilles heel. Freshman pitcher Paige Lowary gave up two runs in the top of the second inning, but the home Tigers answered in the bottom of the inning.

Senior Kelsea Roth and sophomore Jordan Zolman both singled and came around to score tying the game at two.

In the third, senior Corrin Genovese blasted her second home run of the year. The two run bomb contributed to three RBI’s Genovese would tally on the day.

Poor play on the mound plagued Missouri in the fourth. After opening the inning with two quick outs, Lowary loaded the bases and allowed a run to score with two consecutive walks.

Lowary was pulled after 3.2 innings and sophomore Tori Finucane was called on to relieve.

Auburn scored again when Finucane hit the first batter she faced, but Missouri was able to avoid catastrophe, leaving three stranded on base at the inning’s end.

The fifth and sixth innings were scoreless, but there was no shortage of offense in the seventh.

Auburn scored six runs in the final inning, all of which were unearned. Finucane was replaced for the last out by sophomore Cheyenne Baxter, who closed things out for Missouri.

The home Tigers made a valiant comeback effort in the bottom of the seventh but would come up short in the end. Zolman hit her first career home run as a part of Missouri’s four runs scored in the seventh, but Auburn’s Lexi Davis finished things off on the mound and picked up the win.

Missouri will play one more game at home before heading to Georgia this weekend.
The Tigers are set to take on the St. Louis University Bilikins on Wednesday at 4 p.m.