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Auburn Beats Georgia in Another Comeback Win
John Pawlowski has a word with the ump

April 12, 2013

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By Charles Goldberg

It's not the way coach John Pawlowski wanted it, not when Auburn was leaving men on base early, not when the Tigers trailed again.

But Auburn found a way to win, claiming its 15th comeback victory of the season by beating Georgia 4-3 Friday night to open a three-game series in Plainsman Park. The old rivals will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday in a schedule change brought on by expected bad weather Sunday.

The weather was perfect for a comeback Friday. Hunter Kelly's RBI double in the seventh proved to be the game winner.

"It's certainly not the way we scripted or coach it," Pawlowski said. "It's unfortunate we get behind, but the team is very resilient and we've done it enough times that they're confident in our ability to come back."

Auburn won for the third time in its last four SEC games to improve to 21-13 overall and 4-9 in the league. Georgia fell to 12-23 overall and 2-11 in the SEC.

Auburn had solid pitching, from the one earned run starter Conner Kendrick allowed in 5 2/3 innings, to Justin Camp's no-hit 1 1/3 to Terrance Dedrick not allowing a base runner in two innings on the way to his third save.

"I love going out there pitching in general, so whether I come in in the beginning, or as a long reliever, or come in at the end, I just want to do my best," Dedrick said.

Auburn had wasted plenty of opportunities early, like leaving 10 on in the first five innings. Cullen Wacker drove in a tying run in the fourth, Wacker hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Kelly doubled home Blake Austin in the seventh.

"It was like, 'hoping we'll come through again.' Finally, we did," Pawlowski said. "Blake Austin had a couple of big doubles and I was excited to see what Hunter Kelly did. He gets an opportunity to play and comes up with a huge double when we needed it."

Ryan Tella continued to blossom since moving to the leadoff spot nine games ago. He went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base Friday night.

He's 16-for-40 -- that's a .400 batting average -- since moving to the leadoff spot.

"Moving him to the leadoff spot has really helped him, giving him some pop," Pawlowski said. "We'll leave him up there and let him keep doing what he's doing."

Auburn 4, Georgia 3 (Apr 12, 2013 at Auburn, AL)
Georgia............. 120 000 000 - 3 7 1 (12-23, 2-11 SEC)
Auburn.............. 100 101 10X - 4 12 2 (21-13, 4-9 SEC)
Win-Justin Camp(4-0) Save-Terrance Dedrick(3) Loss-Blake Dieterich(1-2) T-2:43 A-3526

Auburn-Georgia Box Score



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