Tigers complete sweep

AUBURN -- Auburn took care of business this weekend.

Ebert is one of several promising freshmen.

The Tigers completed a 4-game sweep of Maine with an 8-4 win Sunday opening up the season 4-0 for the first time since 2008.

Auburn had to come from behind in all four games against the Black Bears, which led 3-1 Sunday before a 6-run sixth put the Tigers in control. Auburn had just nine come-from-behind wins last season.

“It wasn’t easy today. We were down 3-1 in the sixth inning and didn’t have a lot of momentum going,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “It shows a lot about some of the leaders in that clubhouse. The guys knew what the challenge was and how important this game was on championship Sunday.

“It was an important game and fortunately we were able to put some runs together in that sixth inning.”

The big hit in the sixth came on a bases-loaded single to right-center by freshman Jordan Ebert, who drove home Sam Gillikin and Cullen Wacker and gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead.

“To get a sweep here and get a little momentum is going to help the fan support. It’s just a spark for our team,” Ebert said. “This could turn into a really good year and it’s a great way to start it off.”

Ryan Tella led off the inning with a single and ended it with a sacrifice fly to center to score Ebert.

Ebert, shortstop Dan Glevenyak and third baseman Damek Tomscha had two hits apiece for the Tigers.

Auburn starter Dillon Ortman didn’t figure into the decision but kept the Tigers in the game allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits in 5.1 innings.

Sophomore Chase Williamson earned his first career win allowing one run on three hits in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen.

“It was awesome. That was my first outing and to come in in a clutch situation and do well meant a lot,” Williamson said. “Once you get in, your offense puts up some runs for you, it means a lot out there on the mound. It’s definitely memorable.”

Maine struck for a run in the ninth off Williamson and had runners on second and third before Jay Wade retired Colin Gay on an infield fly out to end the game and earn the junior his first career save.

Gay and Sam Belzano each had two hits for the Black Bears. Maine starter Mike Connolly took the loss allowing four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings.

Auburn returns to action Friday against Middle Tennessee State. First pitch at Plainsman Park is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT.

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