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Punchless Tigers fall to Alabama

AUBURN – The error that gave Alabama its first run didn’t help. Neither did Auburn hitting into four double plays in the first five innings.

Daniel Koger gave up one run in six innings in Sunday's loss to Alabama.

But in the end, the Tigers lost to Alabama 2-0 Sunday because they had no answer for Alabama right-hander Spencer Turnbull.

“I thought it was one of the best games I’ve seen pitched,” Auburn hitting coach Gabe Gross said.

Turnbull went the distance, giving up four hits, striking out four and walking three. He was just a little better than Auburn left-handers Will Kendall and Daniel Koger, who surrendered just two hits. Kendall pitched three innings, giving up a hit and an unearned run. Koger went six innings, giving up a hit and a run.

“Frustrating,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “Very frustrating.”

Auburn lost for the seventh time in eight Southeastern Conference games, lost its third consecutive series and fell to 16-12 overall and 1-8 in the SEC. Alabama improved to 18-11 and 7-2.

“Will Kendall and Daniel Koger both did an outstanding job for us,” Pawlowski said. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to get anything going offensively. Give (Alabama) credit, I thought they pitched extremely well.”

With Georgia getting its first win of the season at Kentucky, Auburn fell into last place in the SEC.

"Obviously, it's a tough start for our group, and not the start we had envisioned or hoped for," Pawlowski said. "I know success will come with this group. We've got to keep our heads up and keep working."

Auburn goes to Texas A&M for a three-game series next weekend.

Alabama got its first run in the third when Chance Vincent walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when third baseman Damek Tomscha booted Kenny Roberts’ two-out grounder.

The Tide got an insurance run in the seventh when Mikey White was hit by a pitch, went to third on a nicely executed hit-and-run single by Vincent and scored on Andrew Miller’s squeeze bunt.

Auburn finished with four hits, one each by Ryan Tella, Jordan Ebert, Tomscha and Dan Glevenyak.

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