No. 23 Auburn (35-18, 10-14 SEC) fell 5-2 to the No. 20 Arkansas Razorbacks to conclude regular season play.
The Tigers took the lead early, going up 1-0 in the first when Alyssa Rivera singled home Casey McCrackin. Arkansas’ Ashley Diaz responded with a two-run homer in the bottom go the inning to put the Razorbacks up 2-1. Arkansas did not sacrifice the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Arkansas extended its lead to 4-1 in the fifth with a solo homer and a wild pitch leading to a score. Auburn retaliated in the sixth with a run of its own, coming off of Kendall Veach’s 20th home run of the season. Veach’s 20th homer tied her with Jada Rhodes for second most in a single season; and it marked Veach’s 39th career home run, good enough for seventh most in a career at Auburn.
Three pitchers saw the circle in the contest for the Tigers, but the loss fell to Chardonnay Harris. Harris finished with a team-high two strikeouts and finished the season with a 9-5 record. Lexie Handley ended the evening with a single strikeout and Ashlee Swindle allowed only one hit.
Auburn now turns its focus to to the postseason. The 2019 SEC Tournament is set to begin on Wednesday, May 8 in College Station, Texas. Tenth-seeded Auburn will face the 7-seed Missouri Tigers in the first round beginning at 3 p.m. CST on Wednesday.
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