The Auburn University baseball team won on Saturday to take the weekend series against SEC rival Tennessee, but lost on Sunday preventing the Tigers from picking up the sweep.
The Tigers won on Saturday by a score of 4-2 behind a solid pitching performance from freshman Keegan Thompson. The win puts Thompson at 5-0 on the season as he only gave up one run on five hits in 7 and 1/3 innings pitched. Thompson retired the first 12 Tennessee batters he faced.
"The special thing about Keegan, he didn't really have his best stuff," said Sunny Golloway, Auburn's head coach. "He didn't have his fastball command. The ball was running in on him, and he definitely didn't have his off-speed stuff. He kept coming in the dugout frustrated. But what I love about him, he's such a competitor; he's going to find a way to get out of it every time. And that's what he did."
Tennessee made it 4-2 in the eighth inning, but senior Terrance Dedrick had a perfect ninth inning and picked up his third save of the year.
Eight of Auburn's nine starters tallied a hit, and all nine reached base at least once as the Tigers collected 13 hits. Jordan Ebert led the way for the Tigers, going 3-for-5. Auburn matched a season high with four extra base hits in the game.
In the final game of the series, the Volunteers scored seven of its eight runs with two outs and avoided the sweep with an 8-6 win.
Auburn fell behind early giving up five runs in the first three innings, and trailed 8-4 heading into the final inning. The Tigers had the go-ahead run at the plate with two outs in the ninth, but base-running mistakes cost the Tigers a potential victory.
In the ninth inning, the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs, and were able to plate two runs making the score 8-6. J.J. Shaffer was thrown out attempting to steal second base, which ended the game.
Auburn's first four runs came off a pair of home runs by Blake Austin and Ryan Tella, making the score 5-4. Austin led the Tigers in game three going 2-for-4, driving in three with his home run and scoring twice. Sam Gillikin was 2-for-3 on the day for the Tigers.
Sophomore Justin Camp received the loss as he gave up three earned runs on five hits in his two innings of work. Camp falls to 1-3 on the year.
Auburn is back in action against Kennesaw State at Plainsman Park on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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