AUBURN, Ala. -- Jade Rhodes continued her hot hitting with a homer and the go-ahead RBI in a first-game victory, and Madi Gipson drove in the winner in the second game as Auburn swept South Carolina in an SEC softball doubleheader Saturday.
Auburn beat the Gamecocks 5-2 in the first game and 4-3 in the nightcap, allowing the Tigers to sweep the three-game weekend series at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn improved to 29-4 overall and 6-3 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina fell to 27-9 overall and 2-7 in the league.
Rhodes, who hit a homer in Friday's 10-0 win over the Gamecocks, continued her power surge in Saturday's first game with her team-best 11th home run in the second. She added an RBI in the third. Whitney Jordan hit a long homer in the fourth for a 4-2 lead. Gipson had an RBI double in the fifth.
South Carolina pressed Auburn in the fifth, but the Tigers worked out of a bases-loaded jam thanks to the relief pitching of Makayla Martin; and defensive plays by Madi Gipson, who had a strong throw to the plate to prevent a run; and then a running catch by Victoria Draper in center to end the inning. Shortstop Whitney Jordan turned an unassisted double play to end the sixth.
Starter Rachael Walters won the first game to improve to 5-2.
The nightcap saw Auburn score three in the third on an RBI singles by Jenna Abbott and Jordan, and an RBI groundout by Tiffany Howard. South Carolina scored two in the fourth, and threatened for more before Kaylee Carlson came on in relief and got out of a bases-loaded situation to get out of the inning. South Carolina scored one in the fifth to tie the game.
Gipson's RBI groundout put Auburn back up 4-3 in the fifth.
The Gamecocks had a runner at third with one out in the last inning, but Carlson took a hopper to the circle, threw home and catcher Carlee Wallace tagged the runner out. Carlson, the starter and winner Friday, picked up the win in relief in the second game to improve to 8-0.