Tigers Take Series With 8-2 Win
March 3, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Rocky McCord went a career-long six innings and struck out a career-high six hitters while Jordan Ebert had two hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games as the Auburn baseball team defeated Eastern Illinois, 8-2, on Sunday to claim the series. The win improves Auburn's record to 8-3 while Eastern Illinois fell to 3-7.
"I thought (Rocky) did a good job getting deeper into the game, which is important for him and important for our club and what we are trying to do," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said.
Making his third start of the season, McCord (1-0) surrendered just three hits and three walks on the afternoon and kept Eastern Illinois off the scoreboard for his entire outing. Only once, in the first inning, did Eastern Illinois advance a runner past second against the sophomore, who earned his first career win.
"Today wasn't my best day, I didn't have my best stuff but the defense played well and I finally got a win," McCord said. "Coach (Pawlowski) worked on me just attacking the zone. I was coming right at them and throwing it down the middle and letting it move and letting them hit it and it worked out."
Auburn never trailed in the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth before back-to-back three-run innings in the fifth and sixth upped the lead to 7-0.
Ebert finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, scoring in the fifth on a Ryan Tella sac fly and that made it 2-0 and again in the sixth on a Cullen Wacker bases-loaded walk that made it 5-0.
"We feel that we have a very good core group of freshmen here and (Jordan Ebert) is one of them," Pawlowski said. "He has been fortunate, he got an early opportunity and he has taken advantage of it. One of the things he does is he is very confident in his ability offensively."
"I am just trying to help this team win games. This has been a fun way to start off my career," Ebert said. "Coach Gabe (Gross) has helped me with my approach and it's really sparked my batting average."
Eastern Illinois starter Andrew Grahn (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in four innings.
Auburn leaves the confines of Plainsman Park for the first time on Tuesday as it takes on Alabama in the fifth annual Capital City Classic at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. First pitch is set for 7pm.
Auburn 8, Eastern Illinois 2 (Mar 03, 2013 at Auburn, AL)
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