Auburn and South Carolina are now tied in the series, with the Gamecocks clinching a commanding 10-1 victory in five innings.
"We didn't compete," said Auburn head coach Mickey Dean. "You can't just want to compete when you have an opportunity to win a ball game. That's what life is; you have to go out there and compete."
South Carolina came out to the early by scoring three runs in the top of the first, and extended its lead to 5-0 in the second off a two-run homer. The deficit grew for Auburn (33-9, 9-5 SEC) in third as Chardonnay Harris gave up two loaded-bases walks. A fielder’s choice and a single in the same inning put South Carolina up 9-0 in the middle of the third.
Auburn’s defense tightened up and allowed only one South Carolina score in the top of the fourth, but the offense only mustered up one run in the bottom of the inning. The Auburn score came via a Tannon Snow RBI to bring home Casey McCrackin. McCrackin tallied her 13th stolen base of the season before progressing to third on Kendall Veach’s ground-ball hit to set up the score.
The lone run was not enough to keep Auburn in play, and the game was run-ruled after the end of the fourth.
Auburn and South Carolina will resume play at 1 p.m. CST on Sunday Apr 14, as both teams look to clinch the series win.
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