Six-Run Seventh Sends Auburn To 9-4 Win
March 8, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn baseball team scored six times in the bottom of the seventh to erase a one-run deficit en route to a 9-4 series-opening win over Brown on Friday night. The win improved Auburn's record to 10-3 while Brown dropped to 1-4.
"Their (starting) pitcher did a really good job, he kept us off balance, off stride and we weren't able to piece anything together. He made us work," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Jordan Ebert came up with a big hit and I thought another big play was Dan Glevenyak's. If he is not running hard, we don't get that run. Those are a couple of things that make the difference sometimes."
Trailing 4-3 after Brown scored a run in the top half of the seventh, Auburn sent nine men to the plate in the six-run inning to complete its eighth come-from-behind win of the season. Ebert tied the game with a leadoff home run, the first of his career at Auburn, which also extended his hitting streak to a team-best 11 games. Two batters later, Glevenyak raced all the way around the bases when Brown centerfielder John Sheridan misplayed his fly ball on the edge of the warning track, giving Auburn a 5-4 lead.
"The two at-bats before I was frustrated," Ebert said. "The third at-bat I was just trying to get on base. We needed base runners at that point. I got behind in the count and I just tried to go the other way. I didn't want to get beat with a fastball away and he hung a change-up. It feels great, my first collegiate home run and it was a big situation."
Auburn then took advantage of three straight walks to load the bases for Patrick Savage, who ripped his second double of the game, this one to left-center, to clear the bases and give Auburn an 8-4 lead. Savage would come around to score on Blake Austin's single to left for the final margin.
"I was just looking for a ball up in the zone to drive and luckily he gave me a fastball up," Savage said.
Chase Williamson (2-0) earned the win out of the Auburn bullpen despite allowing a run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Brown reliever Austin Frenk (0-1) took the loss as he was on the mound for Glevenyak's seventh-inning at bat.
Auburn built a 1-0 lead in the first when Jackson Burgreen tripled and scored on a Ryan Tella double. It then built a three-run lead in the second as Savage doubled and scored on an Ebert fielder's choice and Ebert scored on a Burgreen single.
Brown got a run back in the third on Daniel Massey's lead-off home run and then scored twice in the sixth. Auburn starting pitcher Daniel Koger allowed a leadoff walk and then gave way to Trey Cochran-Gill, who allowed a run-scoring double to Wes Van Boom and a RBI single to Nick Fornaca to tie the game at 3-3.
Brown went up 4-3 off of Williamson in the top of the seventh as J.J. Franco singled and scored on Van Boom's second double of the game.
Koger would not factor into the decision for the fourth time this season despite allowing just two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five-plus innings. The sophomore now carries a 2.42 ERA but has yet to record a decision this season.
Brown starter Anthony Galan also did not factor into the decision. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk in six innings, striking out one.
Garrett Cooper went hitless to snap his hitting streak at seven games while Austin had two hits, extending his hitting streak to six games.
Auburn will attempt to clinch the series at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Left-hander Michael O'Neal (3-0) gets the ball for Auburn while Dave St. Lawrence (0-0) takes the mound for Brown. The two teams will close out the series at noon on Sunday.
Auburn 9, Brown 4 (Mar 08, 2013 at Auburn, AL)
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