Feb. 23, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Johnny Thomas' two-out, two-run home run in the top of the eighth sent the Auburn baseball team to its first loss of the season as it fell to Middle Tennessee State, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The loss dropped Auburn to 4-1 on the season while Middle Tennessee State improved to 3-2.
Auburn held the 1-0 lead until the eighth when Thomas and Middle Tennessee State capitalized on an Auburn fielding error to lay claim to the win.
Auburn, which had just three hits in the game, loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but could not drive in the tying run as Middle Tennessee State closer Paul Mittura induced a Blake Austin pop up to the second baseman and a J.D. Crowe pop-up to short to end the game and pick up his second save of the season.
Daniel Koger was solid in his start for Auburn, scattering three hits over seven-plus innings and striking out six, one shy of his career high. The run he was charged with was unearned as he faced one batter in the eighth, who reached on the error and then scored on Thomas' home run off of Terrance Dedrick (1-1).
Hunter Adkins (2-0) earned the win for Middle Tennessee State, working eight innings and allowing just one run on three hits and three walks while striking out five.
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