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Auburn's Bid for an SEC Softball Road Sweep Falls Short At South Carolina

Auburn's hitters were stymied on Sunday in the final game of a series at South Carolina.

Victoria Draper (above) prepares to make a throw from center field.

Columbia, S.C.--Strong pitching ended Auburn’s five-game winning streak as South Carolina defeated Auburn 3-0 on Sunday at Beckham Field.

Two pitchers allowed the Tigers just two hits, both by freshman outfielder Carmyn Greenwood, as Auburn’s record dropped to 39-9 overall and 12-6 in the SEC.

Nickie Blue, the starter for the Gamecocks, allowed one hit in three innings. Jessica Elliott, who pitched the final four innings, was credited with the victory as her team salvaged the final game of a three-game series. Elliott improved her record to 12-8.

The Gamecocks took control of the contest with three runs in the third inning beginning with a one-out walk followed by an infield single.

Mackenzie Boesel delivered a double to deep left center field that scored two runs on a ball that Victoria Draper just missed catching on the run.

The Tigers then handed the Gamecocks a gift run to make the score 3-0 on a wild pitch into the dirt that sent a runner to third base and then home when catcher Carlee Wallace’s throw to Kasey Cooper sailed into left field.

After having strong defensive performances in the first two games of the series, the Tigers committed three errors on Sunday.

Kaylee Carlson took the loss as she allowed five hits while walking two and striking out three. Her record drops to 22-3

The Gamecocks improved their record 28-20 and 4-13 in the SEC.

“When you go on the road you’ve got to be able to handle the adversity and you hsve got to be able to handle the one momentum swing that you’re going to get,” said assistant coach Scott Woodard. “We didn’t do that today. We didn’t give ourselves an opportunity to (win)."

The Tigers return to action with a 6 p.m. game in Montgomery on Wednesday vs. Alabama State at Lagoon Park and will return to league play on Friday with a home series vs. Mississippi State.

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