Cole Lipscomb took aim, and Auburn came away with a win Thursday at Plainsman Park
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Cole Lipscomb says he didn't have his best stuff, but pitching with an early lead gave him the cushion he needed Thursday night in Plainsman Park.
Lipscomb allowed two runs in seven innings and Trey Wingenter finished the job as Auburn beat Georgia 4-2 to open a three-game series in the jumbled Southeastern Conference. The Tigers scored three in the first inning. It was enough.
"It feels like three in the first pretty much takes the world off your shoulders because they're going to have to string a lot of hits together to get three runs," Lipscomb said. "A one-run inning wasn't going to beat us."
It was 4-2 after three innings, and it stayed there.
"When you don't have your best stuff you know they're going to be aggressive and put the ball in play," Lipscomb said. Georgia struck out only three times. Auburn's defense was happy to track down the balls that weren't missed.
"When you look out at the K Corner, and you see only one or two Ks, you know he probably doesn't have his best stuff," said Auburn coach Sunny Golloway, who gave pitching coach Tom Holliday the nod for summing up the evening.
"Coach Holliday said it best: It was a gut check."
Auburn improved to 27-16 overall and 8-11 in the SEC. Georgia fell to 21-21 overall and 6-12 in the league. The series continues at 6 p.m. Friday in Plainsman Park as both teams jockey for position in the SEC race.
Lipscomb improved to 6-1. David Sosebee fell to 5-2.
Auburn got the jump in the first inning Friday when Anfernee Grier, Blake Logan and Daniel Robert drove in runs for the decisive lead. The Tigers' final run scored on a double play in the third.
That was that. Lipscomb and Wingenter made sure of that.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine