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Baseball Tigers stumble and fall

Auburn baseball coach John Pawlowski

AUBURN –Auburn’s first midweek baseball game of the 2013 season couldn’t have been much worse. It was everything Auburn head coach John Pawlowski didn’t want it to be.

The Tigers twice left the bases loaded. After starter Dillon Ortman left in the fifth inning, a stream of relievers struggled. Though there were only two errors, they led to seven unearned runs.

“We had to execute a couple of pitches in some big situations when we came in out of the bullpen, and we didn’t do that,” Pawlowski said. “Then, offensively, we had some opportunities to get a guy in or to score a run and we didn’t do that. I am very disappointed in our overall performance. There is a lot of work yet to be done.”

The Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the second innings and failed to score. They loaded the bases again with two outs in the fourth and failed to score.

Kennesaw took a 2-0 lead in the fifth, then scored five in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Auburn scored two runs in the sixth, but didn’t threaten the Owls’ lead. Pawlowski substituted liberally over the last two innings.

Garrett Cooper had three hits for Auburn. Patrick Savage had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Auburn (6-2) plays a three-game series against Eastern Illinois starting Friday at Plainsman Park. Friday’s game, originally scheduled to start at 6 p.m., will start at 3 p.m. because of forecasts of cold weather.

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