AUBURN – Five Auburn pitchers combined to shut down No. 21 Troy as Auburn’s baseball team broke a six-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory Tuesday night at Plainsman Park.
Auburn pitcher Jon Luke Jacobs/Auburn University photo
The Trojans managed just three hits, avoiding a shutout with an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning. Auburn got its runs off seven hits and four walks to move 15-10 going into a home weekend series against No. 1 Vanderbilt.
“It’s good to win,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “Our guys have worked hard. We didn’t have much luck this past weekend and we didn’t play real well. I thought we pitched extremely well early in
the ballgame tonight.”
Jon Luke Jacobs, making his first start since March 2, started and retired all nine hitters he faced in just his third appearance of the season. He struck out three.
“I thought Jon Luke set the tone early,” Pawlowski said. “He went out and attacked the zone and we were fortunate to get some runs on the board.”
Will Irvin (4-1) got the win for Auburn, pitching two hitless innings and allowing just one baserunner.
An error by Troy second baseman T.J. Rivera enabled Auburn to take a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back doubles by Caldwell and Casey McElroy made it 2-0 in the sixth.
The Tigers broke it open with four runs in the seventh. The big hit was Wes Gilmer’s two-run single.
Troy avoided the shutout n the ninth. Logan Pierce reached on an error, went to second on a balk when Blatt dropped the ball while standing on the pitching rubber and scored from second on a wild pitch.