Emily Carosone's grand slam clinches series win for Auburn against Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Emily Carosone hit her fifth grand slam of the season Sunday afternoon to break a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning, helping No. 8 Auburn take the final game of the series with No. 20 Missouri 10-8.
Auburn and Missouri were locked in a back-and-forth battle until the seventh inning when Auburn unloaded for six runs to take a 10-4 lead. Four of the runs came off the Carosone slam and then Kasey Cooper added a solo home run in the next at-bat for good measure, giving the Tigers plenty of insurance runs heading to the bottom of the inning.
Carosone went 3-for-4 with four RBIs off the grand slam, while Cooper was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Carosone is now tied with Jade Rhodes for the team lead in homers (15). Cooper is just two behind with 13 and both totals rank in the top three in the Southeastern Conference.
"Taking the series on the road at a place like Missouri is huge," said Auburn head coach Clint Myers. "You can end up in a pretty good position if you can win all your series. The key on the road, if you can take two of three from anybody, that's a pretty good feeling. I thought we played well all weekend long. The energy was good today. We have to keep moving forward and keep improving. Our best softball still lies ahead of us."
The win on Sunday secures Auburn's third consecutive SEC series victory, moving its conference record to 7-1 and 35-4 overall on the season. The conference record is still best in the league and best start by any Auburn team.
Lexi Davis picked up the victory, her 13th of the year, even while only throwing to one batter in the sixth inning. With the game tied at 4-4, Rachael Walters, who had relieved starter Marcy Harper in the fourth, was pulled with two runners on and two outs. Davis was called on to shut the door and she did so, striking out pinch hitter Morgan Walters to hold the tie and strand two Missouri runners.
That strikeout carried heavy momentum into the next half inning when Auburn got the grand slam from Carosone and the home run from Cooper.
Along with Carosone and Cooper, Morgan Estell also finished with a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, her ninth multi-hit game of the season.
Auburn has hit 75 home runs this year with six coming this weekend. With Sunday's slam by Carsone, Auburn has hit nine grand slams.