McCord pitches Tigers to sweep

AUBURN – Sophomore Auburn right-hander Rocky McCord dazzled Brown hitters for the better part of seven innings Sunday at Plainsman Park and the Tigers, playing their second consecutive error-free game, beat Brown 6-3 to sweep their weekend series at Plainsman Park.

Rocky McCord has put together back-to-back strong performances/Anthony Hall photo

Auburn won its sixth straight and improved to 12-3 on the season. Brown fell to 1-6.

McCord gave up five hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking two. Reid Carter and Justin Camp closed it out. It was McCord’s second consecutive strong performance. Last Sunday, he gave up three hits in pitching six scoreless innings as Auburn beat Eastern Illinois 8-2.

“It felt good,” McCord said. “I had good command of my curveball and slider, really good command of my fastball. We had good defense, all-around good hitting. Everything felt good.”

Auburn head coach John Pawlowski was impressed.

“I thought he was throwing three pitches for strikes and really dominating the zone,” Pawlowski said. “He had a presence about himself and made some big pitches when he had to.”

Auburn managed just six hits off five Brown pitchers but made them count. Patrick Savage had a two-run double. Ryan Tella also drove in two runs. Freshman second baseman Jordan Ebert extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Third baseman Damek Tomscha was hit by a pitch and has reached base safely in all 15 games.

Sunday’s game was the finish of a good Auburn baseball week. The Tigers beat Alabama 6-3 in Montgomery on Tuesday before getting their second series sweep of the season. They play at Kennesaw State on Tuesday night and open Southeastern Conference play against No. 2 Vanderbilt on Friday at Plainsman Park.

After making 19 errors through their first 12 games, the Tigers made just one in three games against Brown.

“It was a very good weekend for us, especially on the defensive side,” Pawlowski said. “I think it’s very important for the mindset of our team to know we’ve faced a lot of different looks, different pitchers and found ways to win.”

The Tigers will try Tuesday night to avenge a 9-2 loss to Kennesaw State. Junior left-hander Will Kendall, who was a dominant pitcher last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery, could get his first action of the season, Pawlowski said.

Next weekend’s game times are 6 p.m. on Friday, 2:15 p.m. on Fox Sports South on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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