April 12, 2014
#16 Mizzou 8, #20 Auburn 7
|W - Marble (4-0)||3.2||3||3||3||1||2|
|L - Mavromat (1-1)||3.1||3||1||1||3||2|
|MIZ - Sykes (3-for-4)||4||2||3||6||0||2|
|MIZ - Gadbois (2-for-4)||4||2||2||0||1||0|
AUBURN, Ala. –Two early home runs from senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) and two final innings of shutout pitching by senior P Alora Marble (Jefferson City, Mo.) helped No. 16 Mizzou Softball edge No. 20 Auburn, 8-7, to clinch a Southeastern Conference road series win on Saturday. The Tigers (31-10, 8-6 SEC) saw career highs set by Sykes with her two long balls and six RBI in the victory.
Marble pitched the final 3.2 innings for head coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad, keeping Auburn from securing a come-from-behind win over the final two innings. Freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) got the start for Mizzou, pitching 3.1 innings with three hits and four earned runs allowed against Auburn (31-11-1, 6-8 SEC).
Sykes’ first home run, a two-run shot, put Mizzou in business in the opening frame of the game at Jane B. Moore Field. The blast was a deep fly that bounced off Auburn’s scoreboard in left center, scoring redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.), who was on after a walk.
Mizzou tagged Auburn for five runs in the top of the second, all with two outs against the squad. Fagan drove in two runs for a 4-0 advantage with a double off the center field wall, scoring redshirt sophomore C/OF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.), who both walked. The Tigers’ senior slugging specialist was back at it then, going opposite field to right center with a line-drive, three-run home run to put the Tigers ahead 7-0. Sykes’ long ball scored Fagan, as well as previously walked junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.).
Auburn struck back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, using five walks and just one hit to create its runs for a 7-4 score. AU then tied the game at 7-7 with a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Marble.
Sykes pushed Mizzou back ahead for good in the top of the sixth with her sixth RBI of the game on a bases-loaded single up the middle. The base knock brought in Gadbois, who previously singled to second base, for an 8-7 lead and the final score.
Gadbois and junior IF Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) batted 2-for-4 in the game, with Gadbois also stealing two bases. Genovese recorded her third double of the season in the top of the fifth. Randazzo was unable to collect a hit, but recorded three walks to match her career-high.
Mizzou will go for a road sweep of Auburn in the series finale on Sunday, April 13, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
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