BATON ROUGE, La. -No. 2 Auburn took a few innings to crack the code against No. 7 Missouri, but the battle of the Tigers went Auburn's way in the form of a 5-2 win in the second round of the 2015 SEC Softball Tournament.
Lexi Davis got the win, allowing one run, three hits, and stranding three runners on base after taking over for Rachael Walters in the fourth inning.
"Our pitchers are just doing a great job getting us ground balls and we know that that's what they're trying to do," said Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan. "They're not strike out pitchers, they're trying to get us ground balls. So any way that we can get out of an inning with a double player or anything like that. It's just great to be able to help them out like that and our practices we do tons of work on ground balls, so to be able to help them out like that is just fantastic."
Missouri's Paige Lowary was scored with the loss, allowing four hits and five runs in five innings of play.
Auburn starting pitcher Rachael Walters opened the door for Missouri in the first inning. Walters walked Sami Fagan, hit Amanda Sanchez and walked Kirsten Mack, loading the bases with two outs. Corrine Genovese's left field single brought Fagan home but pinch runner Sydney Sprague was thrown out at the plate.
A third-inning Haley Fagan lead-off solo home run sparked the Auburn offense, tying the game. The Tigers gained momentum over the next two innings, scoring four runs, two off of Missouri errors, extending their lead to 5-1 after the fifth inning.
A sixth-inning offensive burst by Missouri was quickly squelched by Auburn's defense. Singles by Sanchez and Mack put two runners on base with no outs. Auburn responded by throwing pinch runner Reed out at third after Genovese reached first on a fielder's choice. Mack scrambled home after Davis threw a wild pitch past catcher Carlee Wallace. Auburn ended the Missouri run with a foul ball double play where Genovese was thrown out at third.
No. 2 Auburn will face the winner of No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 6 Georgia Friday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. CT / 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.