Auburn Slips Up in Midweek Matchup
Kris Sims / The Plainsman
It’s baseball. Teams will lose some unexpected games. It happens, and it’s not the end of the world.
No. 5 Auburn fell to Troy, 5–2, on Tuesday night at Plainsman Park. And the game could have and should have been much worse than that. Troy put 14 in the hits column and left 14 runners stranded on base over the course of the night.
In addition to the 14 hits the Tigers allowed against Troy, Auburn’s four pitchers also walked four batters. Freshman Christian Camacho, who had a great outing last week against Kennesaw State, had a rough night on the mound, allowing four runs and nine of Troy’s 14 hits through just 4.1 innings of work.
In all honesty, that’s to be expected. Any time you have a freshman pitcher on the mound, anything can happen. And in these midweek games, like I’ve said in the past, teams are forced to rely on the pitchers further down in the rotations.
But what’s most troubling about Tuesday night’s game wasn’t the pitching. Instead, it was the Tigers’ bats, or lack thereof. Stranding seven on base and scoring just two runs on seven hits is concerning as Auburn struggled once again with the breaking ball.
Auburn moves on to its most critical series yet this weekend in Starkville, Mississippi. The Tigers will face No. 8 Mississippi State in a trio of games, fighting for first place in the SEC West. The Bulldogs currently hold a one-game lead over Auburn in the West, but that could swing the other way if the Tigers have a big weekend.
First pitch for game one of the series is on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CT.
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