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Another big inning ignites Tigers

AUBURN – Another night. Another big inning. Another victory for Auburn’s suddenly red-hot baseball team.

Jordan Ebert was 3-for-4 in Auburn's win over Samford.

The Tigers, who used a 12-run eighth inning, to win 12-8 at Jacksonville State on Tuesday night, scored six runs on seven hits in the sixth inning Wednesday to wipe out a 3-2 deficit and went on to rock Samford 9-3 at Plainsman Park for their fourth consecutive victory.

Freshman second baseman Jordan Ebert, who was 3-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored as Auburn had a season-high 15 hits, said the confidence and excitement in the dugout was palatable.

“We string a couple of hits together and it seems like it lights everybody on fire,” Ebert said. “We are really living on the momentum. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of.”

The Tigers, 29-19 overall and 9-15 in the Southeastern Conference, go to Gainesville for a three-game series starting Friday. To hang on to any hope of making an NCAA regional, they need to win at least four, probably, five in the final two series of the regular season. Arkansas will visit Plainsman Park for next Thursday through Saturday.

Designated hitter Patrick Savage, who was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored, said the momentum that started to grow with Saturday and Sunday wins over Ole Miss last weekend, will be valuable in Gainesville

“It’s awesome,” Savage said. “It’s a big opportunity for us this weekend. To win four straight games, especially against Ole Miss last weekend, is huge. These (midweek games) are kind of trap games. We brought intensity to it.”

Savage led off the decisive sixth with a ringing single to right. After Dan Glevenyak flied out, Ebert singled to center. Ryan Tella singled, scoring Savage and tying the game. Damek Tomscha singled to load the bases and Blake Austin was hit by a pitch, making it 5-3.

Cullen Wacker singled up the middle, making it 6-3. Savage singled to right, his second hit of the inning, driving home two runs to make it 8-3.

Auburn got another run in the eighth when Wacker, who had singled, scored on Glevenyak’s sacrifice fly.

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