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Feb 13, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers Maddie Penta (4) pitches during the first game between Auburn and Southeast Missouri State at Jane B. Moore Field. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

Auburn Softball swept by Texas A&M

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The 25th ranked Auburn Tigers wrapped up their series against the 12th ranked Aggies but failed to pick up a win. The Tigers fell by a score of 5-1 on Thursday, 3-2 on Friday, and 14-6 in the finale on Sunday.

In game one, the Tigers rallied late but ultimately failed to convert a bases loaded opportunity into any runs in the seventh inning. Auburn had six hits in the game but had trouble getting them home, as the Tigers left seven runners stranded on base in the game. Junior Rose Roach drove in the lone run for the Tigers with an RBI single in the third inning.

Lefty Senior Shelby Lowe took the circle for the Tigers and allowed three earned runs over five innings with three strikeouts but was tagged with the loss.

In game one, Maddie Penta took the rubber for the Tigers and went the distance, giving up three runs off five hits and a walk. Her seven strikeouts pushed her past 800 for her career, joining Anna Thompson as the only players in Auburn history to reach that total.

Both of Auburn’s runs came off solo shots from Anna Wohlers and Amelia Lech. Lech’s home run made it a one run game in the top of the seventh. Rose Roach recorded the only other hit for the Tigers with a single in the sixth.

In game 3, Auburn came out hot, jumping off to a 6-1 lead behind a single from Annabelle Widra, a bases loaded walk from Abbey Smith and then a grand slam by Penta. However, Texas A&M would go on to score five runs in the third inning, seven runs in the fourth and then walked it off with a solo home run in the fifth.

“Our defense has been a strong point for us this season, and it let us down today,” said Auburn Head Coach Mickey Dean after the game on Sunday. “Texas A&M cut open with the bats. Our younger pitchers struggled a bit. The big innings for both teams were sparked by defensive miscues,”

Auburn returns home for a series with the seventh ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers this weekend. Game 1 is set for 5 p.m. on Friday.