No. 16 Missouri softball (30-10, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) managed to hold on for the 8-7 win over No. 20 Auburn (31-11-1, 6-8 SEC) on Saturday to take the series.
Senior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes played the hero for Missouri at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and a career-best two home runs. Sykes' six RBI was also a new career-high.
The black and gold put seven runs on the board by the end of the second inning. Sykes blasted a two-run homer in the opening frame to bring in herself and Fagan. Fagan delivered a two-RBI double early in the second, and then it was Sykes' turn again. The senior lifted another long ball over the wall in right center for three more runs.
Freshman pitcher Casey Stangel held Auburn off with two strikeouts through 3.1 innings until the bottom of the fourth. Auburn rattled off four runs, followed by three more in the next frame off of senior pitcher Alora Marble, avoid a mercy rule invocation and tie the game 7-7.
Once again, it was Sykes to the rescue.
With bases loaded in the sixth, the senior hit an RBI single up the middle to score the winning run for Missouri and clinch the series.