Auburn Looking to Even Series Against Vandy
Michael O’Neal will start second game of the series.
“Good teams are going to take advantage of some mistakes. We made some mistakes and they took advantage of it and that was the difference in the ballgame.” That’s the way Auburn Coach John Pawlowski described Auburn’s loss to Vanderbilt last night at Plainsman Park.
The coach added, “The difference was they had a couple of big swings and the second home run was obviously the determining factor in the game,” However, The Tigers proved they belonged on the field with the No.2 team in the nation.
The score was not indicative of the way the unranked Tigers played. Vandy went up 5-0 early on, off of 2 homers that produced 4 runs. But Connor Harrell’s fifth home run of the season was the last hit allowed by the Auburn pitching staff.
Auburn pitchers Daniel Koger, Jay Wade and Will Kendall combined to retire the final 20 Vanderbilt hitters in order. Koger finished the game allowing five runs on five hits and two walks in six innings while Wade threw two perfect innings behind him and Kendall had a 1-2-3 ninth, including two strike outs.
The Tigers rallied late and was one hitter away from getting the tying run to the plate after being down 5-0.
The loss snaps Auburn’s winning streak at seven and drops the team’s record to 13-4, 0-1 SEC while Vanderbilt is now 17-2, 1-0 SEC.
The Tigers will be looking to even the series at 2:15 p.m. today. Left-hander Michael O’Neal (4-0) will be the starter for Auburn while Vanderbilt will counter with right-hander Tyler Beede (4-0). The game will be televised on SportSouth and will also be available on the Auburn Baseball Radio Network.
Let’s Go Tigers!!
Auburn stranded 11 batters and failed to give pitchers run support as Vandy won game two 8-1. Sunday’s final game of the series will be at 1p.m. CST.
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