Auburn fell on Sunday, 4-2, ultimately getting swept by Alabama in the weekend series.
"Alabama is one of the top teams in the country,” said head coach Mickey Dean. “They are a senior-latent team with a great deal of SEC experience. We're young, but we're going to learn. We're going to get better. What excites me is how good we're going to be by the end of the season."
Both Auburn and Alabama started off slow with no runs or hits until the third inning.
Pitcher Maddie Penta came out strong for Auburn. In the third inning, Alabama loaded the bases after a dropped fly ball, and a walk caused the bases to be loaded. Penta managed to get out of the inning unscathed, and Alabama was left scoreless.
In the bottom of the third, Lindsey Garcia singled, and Alyssa Rivera came up to the plate and doubled to left center, allowing Garcia to score for Auburn’s first lead of the series. Continuing the inning, Makenna Dowell grounded out as Rivera advanced to third. Tyler King singled, and Rivera made her way home giving Auburn a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Alabama’s Bailey Dowling hit a three-run homer to left-center. This gave Alabama a 3-2 lead at the end of the fifth.
Auburn was scoreless for the rest of the game, unable to get its offense going again.
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Alabama scored an additional run in the sixth inning as KB Sides singled up the middle to score Elissa Brown.
Auburn will face Alabama State at home on Wednesday at 5 p.m. CST.
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