AUBURN – The Auburn baseball team stranded 11 baserunners, finishing the game 4-for-19 with runners on base, and fell 5-4 toVanderbilt on Friday night.
Dan Glevenyak's two-run double wasn't enough
The Tigers lost their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference and sixth out of the last eight, falling to 18-15 overall and 6-7 in the league. Vanderbilt improved to 15-19 and 5-8.
“It was one of those games where we had some opportunities to score and we have to come up with some big hits. We just haven’t been able to do that,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “Vanderbilt did a good job of manufacturing some runs. They got some key base hits to score three runs in one inning (the sixth). Sooner or later when those opportunities come (for us) we have to strike.”
Auburn finished the game with 11 hits but could not knock in some early runs, stranding at least one runner on in each of the first six innings, including the bases loaded in the fifth. As a team Auburn was just 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Vanderbilt was not much better, finishing just 4-for-16 with runners on base but it was 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on after collecting eight hits.
Derek Varnadore (1-5) gave up all five of Vanderbilt’s runs, with three of them coming in the sixth inning when Auburn fell behind, 4-2.
Auburn found itself down a run, 1-0, in the fourth after Spencer Navin doubled and scored on a Jack Lupo RBI single. The team responded with a two-run fifth, however, to take a 2-1 lead as Ryan Tella and Justin Bryant each delivered RBI singles.
Vanderbilt jumped back on top, 4-2, with its three-run sixth as Navin drove in two with a single and scored on a Lupo RBI single. Combined, Navin and Lupo finished the game 4-for-7 with three RBIs.
After Vanderbilt padded its lead on a Mike Yastrzemski RBI single in the seventh, Auburn scored two on a Dan Glevenyak two-out, two-run double.
Auburn will try to even the three-game series today at 2 p.m. Senior Jon Luke Jacobs will get his first SEC start of the season for the Tigers.
First baseman Garrett Cooper had to leave the game after suffering a rib injury making a diving catch. His status for today's game is uncertain.
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