AUBURN, Ala. -- A pair of Auburn pitchers combined to throw nine scoreless innings as the Tigers opened the season Friday with a 4-0 win over Indiana State Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Ortman earned the start and the win in the season-opener Friday.
“I thought we played really well, and I thought we played the way we needed to play. We pitched and we played defense, and that’s what we’ve been preaching to our guys,” said Sunny Galloway, who won his first game as Auburn’s head coach.
“...I told the guys the most important game we’re going to play is this first game. We’ve got to get some confidence and learn how to win.”
Starter Dillon Ortman (1-0) allowed five hits and no walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Justin Camp closed it out to earn a rare four-inning save. He allowed just three hits and struck out two.
Ortman ran into a little trouble in the third inning as Indiana State put runners on second and third with one out. Ortman struck out Connor McClain and got a groundout from Jacob Hayes to end the threat.
“Ortman gave us what we thought. We thought he would be a guy that pounds the strike zone and lets our defense play,” Golloway said.
Auburn got on board in the second inning as freshman Damon Haecker drove home Jordan Ebert on a two-out single in his first college at-bat.
Blake Austin gave Auburn some breathing room in the sixth inning driving home Damek Tomscha and Keegan Thompson on a two-out single.
“Offensively, we did what we had to do, we had to scratch them across,” Golloway said. “Blake Austin came up with a big hit for us to give us a cushion.”
The Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice bunt by Thompson to score J.J. Shaffer. Thompson and Shaffer were two of five freshmen in the starting lineup, and the newcomers accounted for five of Auburn’s seven hits.
Tyler Wampler paced the Sycamores with three hits. Kurt Kudrecki (0-1) was saddled with the loss allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits in six innings.
Auburn will continue its play in the Snowbird Classic Saturday against Ohio State with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.
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