Kaylee Carlson allowed three home runs in a 5-4 loss to Missouri(
For too long this season, Auburn softball asked its pitchers to be nearly perfect in order to win games.
On Saturday, last place Missouri got to Kaylee Carlson and Makayla Martin and No. 8 Auburn’s offense continued to sputter in a pair of devastating losses, 5-4 and 5-1, in Columbia that deal a likely death blow to Auburn’s chances of hosting an NCAA Super Regional.
Auburn (36-10, 9-8 SEC) led 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning when play resumed from Friday’s game, which was suspended due to weather.
Alyssa Rivera hit a solo home run to give Auburn a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth but Missouri got it back in the bottom of the frame on a solo shot by Cayla Kessinger off Carlson.
Auburn’s ace had a three-run lead with one out in the seventh when Missouri rallied with a pair of single and pinch hitter Trenity Edwards hit a game-tying home run. Two batters later Kessinger hit a walk-off homer off Carlson, who had allowed just four home runs all season entering the series.
In Game 2, Missouri (24-21, 6-11 SEC) jumped on Martin early with a two-run single in the first.
Kendall Veach homered to make it 2-1 in the second as Martin lasted just one batter into the bottom of the frame.
Rylee Pierce hit a two-run homer off Chardonnay Harris to give Missouri a 4-1 lead after four and the home Tigers aded another run in the fifth.
Auburn, which had won four straight SEC series, will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday (12 p.m., SEC Network+).
James Crepea is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCrepea.
Davis Daniel allowed six runs in three-plus innings of work as Auburn fell to Mississippi State on Saturday at Plainsman Park. (Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics)