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Baseball blog: Auburn takes series with 5-4 victory

  • AUBURN – Damek Tomscha hit a two-out, solo homer in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie and right fielder Hunter Kelley robbed Ole Miss of two home runs as Auburn beat No. 18 Ole Miss 5-4 Sunday at Plainsman Park to win the weekend series two games to one.

    The victory was Auburn’s first this season in a series finale.

    The Tigers improved to 27-19 overall and 9-15 in the SEC. Ole Miss fell to 33-16 and 12-12.

    Story to come.

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    Pardon me while I catch my breath. I completely forgot there would be more graduation ceremonies today, meaning not much parking. My walk to Plainsman Park was longer and more uhphill than usual.

    Auburn will try to win its first series finale of the season today against Ole Miss. I wouldn't be surprised if this like an old-fashioned SEC Sunday game with lots of runs by both teams.

    Here are the lineups:

    AUBURN

    Hunter Kelley RF
    Cullen Wacker LF
    Garrett Cooper 1B
    Kody Ortman DH
    Dan Glevenyak SS
    Jordan Ebert 2B
    Ryan Tella CF
    Damek Tomscha 3B
    Blake Austin C
    Daniel Koger LHP 0-2, 4.04

    OLE MISS

    Tanner Mathis LF
    Austin Anderson SS
    Stuart Turner C
    Andrew Mistone 3B
    Auston Bousfield CF
    Preston Overbey RF
    Sikes Orvis 1B
    Will Allen DH
    Chrstian Helsel 2B
    Sam Smith RHP 2-0, 3.53

    TOP OF FIRST

    * Mathis walks on five pitches

    * Anderson sacrifices him to second

    * Turner lines out hard to right.

    * Mistone flies out to right. Inning over.

    0-0-0-1

    BOTTOM OF FIRST

    * Kelley swings at the first pitch and grounds out to third. Second straight day he's done that. Not a leadoff hitter kind of thing to do.

    * Wacker, a much better hitter than Kelley, is patient and draws a walk.

    * Cooper hits the ball off the right field wall, but has to hold up because Wacker waited to see if it was caught. Wacker gets to third, but Cooper stays at first with the longest single of the season.

    * Ortman flies out to short right field. Wacker has to stay at third.

    * Glevenyak strikes out on a checked swing. Inning over. That's been the story of Auburn's season on offense. Runners on first and third, one out, no runs.

    0-1-0-2

    TOP OF SECOND

    * Bousfield walks on a 3-2 pitch.

    * Overbey drives a double to the wall in left-center, scoring Bousfield. Ole Miss leads 1-0.

    * Orvis grounds toward first. Cooper makes a diving stop. Koger doesn't go cover first and it's a base hit. Runners on first and third, nobody out.

    * Allen singles hard to left, scoring Overbey. Koger is not fooling anybody. Ole Miss leads 2-0.

    * Helsel sacrifices the runners to second and third, and that's all for Koger after 29 pitches.

    * Chase Williamson on to pitch for Auburn.

    * Mathis flies out to short center.

    * Anderson hit by a pitch, loading the bases.

    * Austin picks the runner off second with a great throw. Out by five feet.

    2-3-0-2

    BOTTOM OF SECOND

    * Ebert strikes out swinging.

    * Tella grounds out to second.

    * Tomscha doubles into the left field corner.

    * Austin singles to center on the first pitch, scoring Tomscha. He's 5-for-5 for the past two games. It's 2-1.

    * Kelley flies out to center. Inning over. Ole Miss leads 2-1.

    1-2-0-1

    TOP OF THIRD

    * Turner lines a single to left.

    * MIstone called out on strikes on a really good curveball.

    * Bousfield grounds a single to right. Runners on first and second.

    * Overbey strikes out.

    * Orvis drives the ball to the fence in right field, but Kelley makes a leaping catch at the bullpen to rob him of a home run. Great play.

    0-2-0-2

    BOTTOM OF THIRD

    * Wacker lines out hard to left. Auburn is getting some good swings on Smith. Not much to show for it.

    * Cooper, one guy who has been consistently excellent all season, lines a single to right.

    * Ortman lines out to center.

    * Glevenyak singles to center. Runners on first and second.

    * Ebert strikes out swinging, missing badly on a pitch in his eyes.

    0-2-0-2

    TOP OF FOURTH

    * Allen grounds out to third.

    * Helsel singles over second base.

    * Mathis grounds out to the pitcher with the runner moving. Runner on second. Two outs.

    * Anderson walks on a 3-2 pitch.

    * That's all for Williamson. Reid Carter on to pitch.

    * Turner strikes out swinging. Good job by Carter. Inning over.

    0-1-2-2

    BOTTOM OF FOURTH

    * Nothing doing for Auburn. Bad luck for Austin. He hit a bouncer up the middle that would almost always be a base hit, but the runner was moving and that took the second baseman right to the bag. He stepped on the bag and threw to first for the inning-ending double play.

    0-0-0-0

    TOP OF FIFTH

    * Mistone pops out to the pitcher.

    * Bousfield flies out to center.

    * Overbey grounds out to shortstop. Inning over. Good inning for Carter.

    0-0-0-0

    BOTTOM OF FIFTH

    * Kelley pops out on a nice play by the shortstop in foul territory.

    * Wacker flies out to center.

    * Cooper pops out to first. Inning over.

    0-0-0-0

    TOP OF SIXTH

    * Orvis walks on four pitches.

    * Allen pops out to first.

    * Austin throws Orvis out trying to steal. Two outs.

    * Helsel flies out to left. Inning over.

    0-0-0-0

    BOTTOM OF SIXTH

    * Ortman singles to right on a 3-2 pitch.

    * Sam Gilliken runs for Ortman.

    * That's all for Smith. Tanner Bailey on to pitch.

    * Glevenyak sacrifices Gilliken to second.

    * Ebert grounds out to shortstop. Runner moves to third. Two outs.

    * Tella lines out to shortstop. Inning over.

    0-1-0-1

    TOP OF SEVENTH

    * Mathis flies out to left.

    * Oh, my gosh, he did it again. Kelley takes away another home run, this one from Anderson.

    * Turner lines a single to left-center.

    * That's all for Carter. Trey Cochran-Gill is Auburn's fourth pitcher. He did a decent job Friday night.

    * Mistone lines out hard to shortstop. Inning over.

    0-1-0-1

    BOTTOM OF SEVENTH

    * Tomscha bloops a single to left.

    * Austin grounds out to third. Runner goes to second. As good as a sacrifice.

    * Kelley pops out to short right field.

    * Wacker singles off the shortstop and into left field, scoring Tomscha. The game is tied at 2-2.

    * Brett Huber on to pitch for Ole Miss.

    * Cooper walks on a 3-2 pitch. Runners on first and second.

    * Patrick Savage up to bat for Gilliken, who pinch ran for Ortman.

    * Savage takes a called strike and Pawlowski, who has been arguing with home plate umpire Nelson Graham for much of the game, has been tossed.

    * Savage lines a single to right, driving home a run and the right fielder boots it. Runners on second and third with two out. Auburn leads 3-2.

    * Cooper scores on a wild pitch. Savage to third. It's 4-2. Ole Miss is coming a bit unglued.

    * Glevenyak flies out to center. Inning over.

    3-2-1-1

    TOP OF EIGHTH

    * That didn't last long. A throwing error by Glevenyak puts a runner on first and Auburn goes to closer Terrance Dedrick. He gives up a booming two-run homer to center by Orvis and we're tied at 4-4 with Auburn coming to bat. It's worth noting that Dedrick pitched three full innings last night.

    BOTTOM OF EIGHTH

    * Ebert called out on strikes.

    * Tella flies out to right.

    * Tomscha hits the first pitch over the left field fence. Auburn leads 5-4. That was his second homer in two days.

    * Austin singles to deep shortstop.

    * Kelley strikes out. Inning over. Auburn is three outs away.

    TOP OF NINTH

    * Mathis grounds out to the pitcher on a terrific backhand play by Dedrick.

    * Anderson flies out to the warning track in right. The wind knocked it down or we'd be tied.

    * Dedrick makes another terrific play, a diving catch of a blooper back over his head and Auburn wins.

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    I Believe Auburn and Love IT...4 Life! You should prepare yourself to live with the consequences of your decisions, whatever they may be.

  • IMO Dedrick. is SEC player of week.

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  • Way to go Tigers! Go take care of some mid-week work on Tues and Wed and then go to Gainesville and take care of some more SEC business! WDE

  • because he gave up the 2 run homer that tied the game?

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  • He probably said that because TD faced the minimum eight while pitching 2 2/3 for a save on Sat and followed that up with an outstanding top of the 9th today which featured a strikeout sandwiched by two fielding gems on his part. But then, that probably is not "negative Nancy" enough for some...

    WDE... get behind the kids! What about Hunter Kelley? He only took four runs away from Ole Miss today!

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  • Maybe because he had a win and a save and made two great defensive plays in the ninth inning.

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