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Auburn Falls At Troy, 11-2

March 26, 2013

Final Stats

TROY, Ala. - A five-run bottom of the fifth and eight unearned runs doomed Auburn as it fell at Troy, 11-2, on Tuesday night at Riddle-Pace Field. The loss dropped Auburn to 15-10 while Troy improved 16-7.

"Give Troy credit, they played extremely well and they did exactly what they needed to do to win," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "They took advantage of a couple of mistakes and they really did a great job tonight. We have to play better defense. We had a chance to get out of an inning and we couldn't handle the ball and consequently put us in real tough spots. This was a poor performance on our side. We have a lot of work to do."

Tied at 2-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth, Troy would use three hits, two walks and an error to score five runs, only one of which was earned. Matthew Howard drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a Garrett Pitts single before a Josh McDorman walk loaded the bases. Ali Knowles then hit a grounder to second baseman Mitchell Self but his thrown to second to start the potential inning-ending double play went wide of Dan Glevenyak, allowing two runs to score to make it 4-2.

Two hitters later Tyler Vaughn singled in a run and put runners on the corners for Logan Pierce, who lofted a ball down the line in left that left fielder Cullen Wacker overran, allowing two more runs in for the 7-2 lead.

Troy starter Ryan Sorce (2-0) went five innings and struck out eight while allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits without issuing a walk to earn the win. Reliever Nate Hill went four innings and struck out six as Auburn struck out a season-high 14 times.

Jordan Ebert's second career home run gave Auburn a 1-0 lead in the first. The blast was just the sixth of the year for Auburn and its first since March 8 against Brown.



Troy answered with a two-run bottom half of the first off of Auburn starter Trey Wingenter, collecting back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Howard and Pitts to take a 2-1 lead.

Auburn tied the game at 2-2 in the third when a Wacker sac fly scored Hunter Kelley.

Troy broke open the game with a four-run eighth, scoring four unearned runs on a pair of Auburn errors.

Trey Cochran-Gill (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing all five fifth-inning runs.

Auburn returns home for a three-game series against Alabama, which begins Thursday at 6pm. The series continues at 6pm on Friday and concludes at 3pm on Saturday. Saturday's game will air live on CSS while all three games can be heard on the Auburn Network and its baseball affiliates as well as online at

Troy 11, Auburn 2 (Mar 26, 2013 at Troy, AL)
Auburn.............. 101 000 000 - 2 8 4 (15-10)
Troy................ 200 050 04X - 11 10 1 (16-7)
Win-Sorce, Ryan(2-0) Loss-Trey Cochran-Gill(0-1) T-2:26 A-1630

Auburn-Troy Box Score

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