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Tigers crush Texas Southern

Dan Gamache hit his fourth home run Wednesday night.

AUBURN – Freshman catcher Blake Austin had a career-high four hits and Auburn pounded Texas Southern 11-1 on Wednesday night at Plainsman Park.

The Tigers rebounded from Tuesday’s disappointing 8-0 loss to Samford by scoring all their runs in the first four innings. Head coach John Pawlowski cleared the dugout after that. Fifteen different Auburn hitters went to the plate.

Starter Bradley Hendrix gave up three hits and a run in five innings and got the win. Sean Ray pitched three perfect innings. Jay Wade gave up two hits in one shutout inning,

“We always talk about it starts on the mound, and Bradley Hendrix did a great job for us,” Pawlowski said. “We needed to get some momentum in our dugout and build something, and he did that. “Sean Ray and Jay Wade did a great job pitching. You lose one game and you feel like it has been so long since we played well, but you look at it and keep things in perspective. It was a good win for Auburn tonight.”

Dan Gamache and Justin Fradejas hit home runs for Auburn. Gamache and Casey McElroy each had two hits and drove in three runs. Kevin Patterson had one hit and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who had 16 hits for the night.

The Tigers (23-19, 9-9), co-leaders of the Southeastern Conference West, turned their attention to their attention to an important trip to play No. 2 South Carolina in a three-game series starting Friday.

“It’s good to get a good win before we head to South Carolina and try to take care of business there,” Gamache said. “We have struggled getting ahead early lately, and we went out with a plan and got it done.”

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