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More misery for AU baseball

TROY – Auburn’s baseball team continued its stunning slide Tuesday night, falling 14-6 to Troy for its fourth consecutive loss and eighth in nine games.

Auburn coach John Pawlowski looking for answers

The collapse came out of nowhere. The Tigers were ranked No. 20 nationally after winning two of three from Arkansas on the weekend of March 25-27. But they lost at Jacksonville State, were swept at Mississippi State and by Vanderbilt at home.

And Tuesday night, they fell behind Troy 12-1 and never threatened to catch up. Troy scored an astounding 13 two-out runs.

The Trojans broke open a scoreless game in the third, scoring five runs after the first two batters were retired. They scored five more in the fifth, and the blowout was on.

Auburn fell to 15-14 going into a weekend series at Kentucky. Troy improved to 23-6.

“I thought they jumped us pretty good,” Auburn co ach John Pawlowski said. “Wehad some chances early, but it kind of seems like the same story. We need to find some way to keep our heads up and keep playing hard.”

Auburn and Troy each had 15 hits. Auburn also committed three errors, leading to seven unearned runs.

Logan Pierce did most of the damage for Troy as he finished the night 4-for-5 with two doubles, a grand slam and seven RBI. His slam in the fifth put the Trojans ahead 12-1.

Kevin Patterson hit a three-run homer and Brooks Beisner a two-run homer for Auburn.

Will Irvin (4-2) took the loss on the mound.

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