Auburn Tops College Of Charleston, 5-1

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Michael O'Neal struck out five in the win

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Michael O'Neal struck out five in the win
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 23, 2013

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AUBURN, Ala. - Ryan Tella hit a two-run inside-the-park home run while Michael O'Neal and Trey Cochran-Gill combined to hold the College of Charleston to just four hits as the Auburn baseball team picked up a 5-1 win on Saturday afternoon. The win improved Auburn's record to 5-1 while College of Charleston dropped to 3-3.

"The one thing that really sparked us in that game was Ryan Tella's hustle. That turned the game around quickly," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "This was the first crossroads that we faced on the young season. Coming back from the performance in the first game (a 2-1 loss to Middle Tennessee State), to do what we did against a good team was very important."

Hitting in the third with two outs and Dan Glevenyak on first, Tella laced a ball down the line in left that College of Charleston left fielder Brandon Murray had trouble corralling. With Murray struggling, third base coach Gabe Gross continued to wave the hustling Glevenyak and Tella home, giving Auburn the 2-0 lead.

The inside the park home run was Auburn's first since Trent Mummey hit one at Florida State in 2009 and the first at Plainsman Park since Jeff Boutwell hit an inside the park grand slam against Florida in 2005.

"It was just a hustle play," Tella said. "I don't think inside the park home runs happen too often in college baseball."

Tella finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Auburn added a third run in the inning when Damek Tomscha reached on a two-base error and scored on Garrett Cooper's RBI single.

Glevenyak and Tomscha each finished with two hits.

Handed the lead, O'Neal (2-0) continued to impress in his first season at Auburn. The lefty held College of Charleston to just four hits and one walk while striking out five over six.

Cochran-Gill earned the first save of his career with three innings of relief, getting tagged for an unearned run in the ninth.

College of Charleston starter Jake Zokan (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Auburn returns to the field at 2pm on Sunday against Indiana State.

Auburn-CofC Box Score

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