It's Tigers vs Tigers! Again. For the second time this year, Auburn will face another team that shares our mascot. This time, it's one of the newer additions to the SEC in Missouri.
The Missouri Tigers are currently 23-16 on the season, 4-7 in SEC play. They boast an excellent win over Washington and James Madison earlier in the season - the only two OOC teams to beat Auburn - while also losing twice to Oregon and even garnering a loss to a very not-good Maryland team. They did pick up a series win over Alabama, though, which is no small feat.
Auburn, meanwhile, has been winning, but they haven't been doing so in the convincing fashion that we've come to expect. They're still sitting at 34-6 on the season and 8-4 in the conference. The only series loss is to Florida, and that really shouldn't have been a dropped series at all.
I would normally do a stats breakdown, but for some reason, Mizzou doesn't post their stats anywhere that I can find through a quick search of their athletics department site. So, I'll just have to pull information from their game notes.
Mizzou - like Auburn - has one very good pitcher in Cheyenne Baxter. She held Alabama to just 1 run in 13 innings of pitching. It's likely we're going to see a serious pitching duel between Baxter and Kaylee Carlson Friday night and Sunday afternoon. She has a 1.55 ERA in her SEC starts so far this season.
Kaylee Carlson will take the mound with her 1.13 season ERA and look to dominate as she has so many times this year. She has a 20-1 record and that 1 loss was the Florida game that should never have been a loss. Saturday's game will see Makayla Martin look to rebound and get back to her shut-down ways, as well. She's been struggling a bit since SEC play began.
At the plate, Missouri's batting leader is Kristen Mack who is hitting a pretty solid .354. For Auburn, Carlee Wallace leads the Tigers in most every category but home runs. That belongs to Kendall Veach with 10. Of late, though Alyssa Rivera has really hit a hot streak for the Tigers. She's been responsible for the winning runs in quite a few recent games and her hot streak continued through the mid-week game against Georgia State. With a lot of their bats quiet, Auburn needs Rivera to keep hitting the way she has been over the last two weeks.
How to Watch:
Friday, 6:00 pm Central, SECNetwork+
Saturday, 6:00 pm Central, SECNetwork+
Sunday, 2:00 pm Central, ESPN