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Auburn vs Southeast Missouri State
Feb 14, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Maddie Penta (4) getting signals from the bench during the game between Auburn and Southeast Missouri State at Jane B Moore Field. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Shannon/AU Athletics

Auburn Softball Falls Short in Pitcher's Duel at Clemson Regional

AUBURN, ALABAMA. (EETV) - The Auburn Tigers came up short in a pitcher's duel with the No. 10 overall seed Clemson Tigers.

Maddie Penta was the star for the Tigers throwing out 116 pitches. She recorded six strikeouts and only allowed three hits.

Valerie Cagle pitched the full game for Clemson and scored the only run of the game by either team. Cagle allowed four hits and no runs while throwing out 100 total pitches and striking out six batters.

Cagle’s only hit came in the fourth inning when she hit a double just out of reach of shortstop Nelia Peralta’s outstretched glove. Cagle would go on to score after Marissa Guimbarda hit an RBI double off the left-field wall.

Penta didn’t let up a hit until the fourth inning when a pair of doubles allowed Clemson to score the first and only run of the game.

In the sixth inning, Auburn loaded the bases with just one out following singles from both Jessie Blaine and Lindsey Garcia. Cagle would get out of the jam following a McCondichie flyout and a fielder's choice.

Auburn would give it another try to tie the game up in the seventh inning with the leadoff batter, Bri Ellis reaching first on an error to start the inning. Following back-to-back fielder's choices to get the runner at second Sydney Cox would go down swinging to end the game.

Auburn will be back in action after a quick rest to play the winner of Louisiana/UNC Wilmington in an elimination game at 5 p.m central time. The winner of the game will go on to face Clemson in the Regional Championship while the loser’s season will come to an end.