AUBURN -- Auburn swept Saturday’s doubleheader against Maine and will go for the series sweep Sunday.
Cooper had 4 RBI in two games Saturday.
Auburn is off to a 3-0 start after winning Saturday’s first game 12-3 and holding on for a 4-3 win in game two at Plainsman Park.
After picking up the win in Friday’s 3-2 season-opening victory over Maine, Terrance Dedrick struck out two of three batters in the ninth inning of game two to earn his first career save.
Conner Kendrick struck out two in a scoreless eighth before turning it over to Dedrick.
“You know when Conner and Terrance come in, game’s over. They’re both going to strikeout whoever they face. They’ve got dirty off-speed stuff,” said starter Michael O’Neal, who earned his first-career win allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits in 5.2 innings in game two.
Dedrick, Kendrick and O’Neal are all junior college transfers.
“Kendrick and Dedrick, what a great job both those guys did,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “(Dedrick) has a lot of weapons. Those guys love to compete and want to be out there.”
A sacrifice fly by Taylor Cimo in the 4th inning scored Sam Gillikin from third base to provide the winning run in game two. Auburn scored three in the third on triple by Ryan Tella that drove home two. Tella came home on a groundout by Garrett Cooper.
“I thought our guys really buckled down because it was a close game,” Pawlowski said. “That game wasn’t over until the last pitch. I’m just proud of the way our guys handled themselves today from a maturity standpoint.”
Tella combined for three hits and five RBIs while Garrett Cooper had two hits and four RBIs in the twin bill.
Auburn jumped on Maine early in game one with three runs in the first and put the game away with a 5-run fifth. Cooper drove in three including a 2-run home run over the right field wall.
Justin Camp picked up the win in game one allowing one earned runs on four hits in 4.0 innings out of the bullpen. Starter Rocky McCord allowed just one run in 4.0 innings.
“You look at the job Justin Camp did in that first game. He came up with some big ground balls and really settled things down when it was a close game and then we opened things up,” Pawlowski said.
Centerfielder Colin Gay led Maine with a combined four hits, two runs scored and one RBI.
The Tigers and Black Bears will conclude their 4-game series Sunday at 11:00 a.m. CT.
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