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Auburn softball suffers an overtime loss in SEC Tournament

AUBURN, Ala. – In the longest game in SEC Softball Tournament history, Auburn softball hit a three-run blast to take a lead in the top of the 14th.e inning, but No. 14 Georgia answered with a pair of home runs to seal a 4-3 win Wednesday night at Jane B. Moore Field.

“We played hard,” said the national coach Mickey Dean. “If we had been a little cleaner at the beginning of the game, we might not have gone fourteen innings. That’s part of the game. We battled. We did a lot of good things. We just didn’t win the ball game.”

Tie at 2-2 in the 14e collection, KK McCrary stepped out to the plate with two and gave up a 3-2 score. She delivered her ninth home run of the season, a three-run blast to right center, to put Auburn up 5-2.

Georgia responded at the bottom of the frame with a pair of home runs, including a two-out solo home run by Sarah Gordon that left the game.

The game officially tied the program record for innings played in a single game, matching a 14-inning effort at Mississippi State in 2016.

Auburn totaled eight hits in the game, with McCrary leading the way with a 2-for-3 night with two runs scored and three RBI. She started the game with a single before scoring to give Auburn its first lead of the game at one Ice Tresvik RBI single.

Makayla Packer also turned in a two-hit performance with a double and a run scored. Amelia Lech added to her team-leading RBI total when she drove in a tying run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning, ultimately helping to force extras.

Maddie Penta earned the starting nod and allowed just one earned run in nine innings. She scattered three hits and struck out six in the game. Shelby Lowe pitched 4.2 innings of relief for the Tigers.

“Our focus now is on Regionals,” McCrary said. “We showed we can compete with anyone. We finished with one of the strongest schedules in the country. We’re looking forward to the postseason.”

The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for Sunday at 6:00 PM CT on ESPN2.