Auburn Holds On Against Samford, 16–15
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The tenth-ranked Tigers managed to escape with a close, high-scoring win on Tuesday night. Auburn defeated Samford, 16–15 to move to 25–10 on the year.
The small dimensions of the Birmingham park were the reason for the high-scoring affair, as the Tigers put up 14 in the hits column with a season-high in runs.
Samford was forced to use an astonishing 11 pitchers in Tuesday night’s game, walking eight batters and plunking three.
Junior Dylan Ingram hit a grand slam in the second inning of the game to give the Tigers an 8–1 lead. The grand slam was Auburn’s first since May 2012.
Auburn’s heart of the batting order, the 3-4-5 positions, accounted for a combined 12 RBI on the day.
On the other end, Auburn allowed 17 hits across six pitchers. Senior Daniel Robert was the jack-of-all-trades for the Tigers, as he hit a three-run home run and drove in a total of four runs at the plate before stepping on to the mound in the ninth inning to close out the game with his first save of the season.
Robert saved the day for an Auburn team that came into Tuesday’s game already short on pitchers from a busy weekend road series against Texas A&M.
Auburn will travel to Knoxville on Wednesday for a series that begins on Thursday night against Tennessee. The Tigers currently sit in first place in the conference with an 8–4 SEC record, and they look to improve that against a struggling Volunteers team.