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Florida scores the winning run from first base on a bloop single to right and Florida wins 5-4. That's the toughest loss of the season for Auburn and very, very costly.
Josh Tobias hit a two-out, three-run homer off Michael O'Neal in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game with Auburn 4-4. It was the first home run O'Neal has given up this season. That's a heartbreaker for O'Neal. Reid Carter on to pitch.
Blake Austin hits a monster home run over the left field fence with two outs in the ninth. Auburn leads 4-1. It's Auburn's second ninth-inning home run in two nights.
O'Neal retires the Gators in order. He's retired nine straight. Auburn leads 3-1 going to the ninth. Three outs from a very important series win.
Garrett Cooper is thrown out at home trying to score on Jordan Ebert's base hit and Auburn leads 3-1 with Florida coming to bat in the eighth. Patrick Savage is 4-for-4 for Auburn.
Hunter Kelley leads off the eighth with a home run to left-center and Auburn leads 3-1. Florida pitcher Johnny Magliozzi, who was the closer before tonight, is done after a terrific effort. Left-hander Danny Young is on to pitch.
O'Neal still cruising. Gators go in order in the seventh. Auburn leads 2-1 going to the eighth.
O'Neal works around a leadoff single in the sixth and Auburn takes a 2-1 lead to the seventh.
Florida gets an unearned run in the fifth after O'Neal picks a runner off first but Cooper throws wildly to second. Roberson's run-scoring double cuts Auburn's lead to 2-1 through five innings.
Florida gets a base hit but nothing more and Auburn leads 2-0 through three innings.
Savage's two-out single scores Hunter Kelley, who led off the third with an infield hit. Auburn leads 2-0 with Florida coming to bat in the third.
Florida goes in order. Auburn leads 1-0 through two innings.
Patrick Savage doubles and scores on Jordan Ebert's single. Auburn leads 1-0 with Florida coming to bat in the second.
Auburn went 1-2-3 in the top of the first. Auburn pitcher Michael O'Neal hit leadoff hitter Richie Martin on his first pitch of the game, but Martin was erased on a 4-6-3 double play. O'Neal struck out Taylor Gushue to end the inning.
This post has been edited 16 times, most recently by PhillipMarshall 11 months ago
Shoooooot... should be out of the inning and leading by 2... throwing error cost us there. Hoping the damage is done.
Let's go Michael... throw strikes and get two... oh, so close... I should have typed faster
Oh my.... shake it off guys
Sounds about right...
Cannot believe that Paw left O'Neal in that long. The first batter was HBP and the next batter forced him out at second. He leaves O'Neal for the second out and then for two straight base hits and the home run. Then we take him out and bring in a reliever. I know he was cruising, but when you get tired and start to lose it it doesn't get better, it just gets worse unless a lucky defensive play is made. Hopefully we can win this in extras!
Just an absolute heartbreaker! A dagger to the heart. The whole season seemed to ride on getting that last out. I know Coach was thinking about what a boost to morale and momentum the team would get from a complete game from O'Neill, but it wasn't meant to be.
I hate to second guess a coach looking for anything to turn a season around, but you just don't leave your starter in with the tying run at the plate in the 9th inning.
I hate it for the team and I especially hate it for our pitcher. He pitched an absolute gem and didn't deserve this.
Tomorrow will be a heckuva gutcheck for this team. I expect them to hold their heads up and be Auburn men.
Not the first time Paw has left a pitcher in who was out of gas. Not the first time it has cost him a game. I didn't watch this one live but I have seen plenty of games in person where this has happened. It seems everyone in the park knows the pitcher is spent except Paw. His in game coaching decisions continue to underwhelm me on a consistent basis.
ON TO VICTORY - STRIKE UP THE BAND
Well, coach paw does it again, goes too long with a starter and doesn't bring in the SEC's best closer. Will our current AD (still refuse to use his name) have the you know what to make a change?
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