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Tigers rally past Samford

BIRMINGHAM – Auburn’s baseball team fell behind Samford twice Tuesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field. And the Tigers did what came naturally. They won.

Justin Camp pitched six strong innings for his second save.

For the 16th time this season, the Tigers came from behind, defeating Samford 6-2 to improve their record to 23-14. Samford fell to 19-19.

Auburn fell behind in the third- and fifth- innings but used a two-run seventh and a three-run ninth to pick up its first win at Samford since 2010.

“We certainly don’t script it that way,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said of the comeback. “(Samford) hit two solo home runs, but we kept a lot of their guys off base. They are a team that can score a lot of runs in a hurry with home runs, but I thought we did a very good job pitching-wise with all the guys we ran out there.”

Justin Camp threw three near-perfect innings out of the bullpen to earn his second save of the season, striking out three while walking two, both coming in the eighth.

“I can’t say enough about the job Justin Camp did. What an outstanding performance. He was in total command,” Pawlowski said.

Camp said he was hitting his spots.

“It felt good to get out there tonight and have a lot of success because that is a solid hitting team,” Camp said. “My slider was really good tonight and I was able to set it up with fastballs.”

With Auburn trailing 2-1 going to the seventh, Damek Tomscha hit a game-tying home run to start the inning. Hunter Kelley followed with a walk, stole second and went to third on a Mitchell Self single. Ryan Tella then drove in Kelley with the go-ahead run with a single to give Auburn a 3-2 lead.

Auburn put the game away in the ninth as each of the first five hitters reached base. Tella struck out to start the inning but reached first on a throwing error on the Samford catcher. Jordan Ebert followed with a single and both scored on a Cullen Wacker double, his second of the game. Two batters later Blake Austin drove in Wacker with his career-high-tying fourth hit of the game.

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