Kasey Cooper (above) hit her seventh home run of the season.
Auburn, Ala.--Three Missouri pitchers held Auburn to five hits as the visitors took a 6-1 SEC softball victory on Friday night with the help of three home runs.
Kaylee Carlson, who went the distance for the Tigers, fell to 20-2. Carlson gave up eight hits and four runs.
Auburn’s only run came on a solo homer by Kasey Cooper in the first inning.
“We had opportunities” said Auburn coach Clint Myers, whose team stranded nine runners on base. “We left the (strike) zone. We made a couple of bad pitches and they capitalized on it. Our defense let us down. There were a lot of things we didn’t do right.”
The coach said he did like the fact that his team did make good contact much of the night. “We had about 10 hard-hit balls,” he said.
“We are a good ball club and we are still trying to figure it out,” Myers added.
Cheyenne Baxter was the winning pitcher, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing five hits to improve her record to 12-4 for Missouri, which is 24-16 overall and 5-7 in the SEC.
Kirsten Mack hit a pair of solo homers that gave Missouri all of the runs it would need. Braxton Burnside added insurance with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Auburn’s record dropped to 34-7 overall and 8-5 in the SEC.
Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. CDT on Saturday.