Auburn Falls To Kennesaw State, 9-2
Feb. 26, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn surrendered a total of seven unearned runs on two errors while the offense struck out a season-high nine times as the Auburn baseball team fell to Kennesaw State, 9-2, on Tuesday afternoon. The loss drops Auburn's record to 6-2 while Kennesaw State improved to 5-3.
"I thought there were two situations that really dictated that game," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We had to execute a couple of pitches in some big situations when we came in out of the bullpen and we didn't do that. Then offensively we had some opportunities to get a guy in or to score a run and we didn't do that. I am very disappointed in our overall performance. There is a lot of work yet to be done."
Auburn would load the bases in both the second and fourth innings but failed to bring a run in both times as Kennesaw State pitchers Steve Janas and Colton Cross (1-0) worked out of one-out and two-out bases loaded jams, respectively.
Kennesaw State took a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Alex Liquori singled in a run off Auburn starter Dillon Ortman (0-1) and then Chase Williamson threw a run-scoring wild pitch with his first offering after being summoned from the bullpen to make it 2-0.
Kennesaw State would load the bases with two outs in the sixth off of Williamson before Auburn made the move to Jay Wade. Anthony Duran was down 0-2 to Wade before lining a two-run single to center to start the scoring in the frame. Two batters later Kal Simmons doubled down the line in left to clear the bases, increasing the lead to 7-0.
The top three in Auburn's lineup went a combined 0-for-14 with six strike outs.
Auburn returns to action on Friday at 3pm against Eastern Illinois in the first of a three-game series. Saturday's game is set to start at 3pm and Sunday's series finale begins at 1pm.
Kennesaw State 9, Auburn 2 (Feb 26, 2013 at Auburn, AL)
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