Cooper Blasts Two Home Runs In 3-1 Win At Missouri

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Conner Kendrick tied his career high with eight strike outs
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Conner Kendrick tied his career high with eight strike outs
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

April 26, 2013

Final Stats

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Garrett Cooper hit leadoff home runs in the fourth and sixth innings as the Auburn baseball team claimed a 3-1, series-opening win over Missouri on Friday night at Taylor Stadium. The win improved Auburn's record to 25-16, 7-12 SEC while Missouri fell to 13-24, 5-14 SEC.

Cooper, who came in as the team leader with four home runs, took a 1-0 Rob Zastryzny offering over the wall in center in the fourth and an 0-2 pitch out to left for Auburn's first two-homer game by an individual since Brian Fletcher blasted two in the 18-4, SEC West-clinching win at Ole Miss on May 21, 2010.

"The fastball was up and I put a good swing on it," Cooper said of his fourth-inning shot. "(In the sixth) He left the 0-2 curveball in the middle of the plate and I kind of got fooled but I kept my hands back and luckily got barrel on it."

The two home runs made a winner out of Conner Kendrick (3-2), who went a career-long 8 1/3 innings and tied his career-high with eight strike outs. With the win, he became the first Auburn starting pitcher other than Michael O'Neal to pick up a win since Rocky McCord got the win over Brown on March 10.

"When I was down on some pitches I could pick myself back up with a little off-speed and that kept the hitters off balance a little bit," Kendrick said. "I threw some good curveballs tonight but my go-to pitch was my change-up."

"Conner did an outstanding job," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "He has a way to maneuver out of some trouble. He put himself into some trouble situations but he made some really big pitches. When he needs to make a really big pitch he has three weapons to use. He has a fastball, a breaking ball and a change-up and I thought he did an outstanding job with some help by our defense."

 

 

Terrance Dedrick earned his team-leading fifth save, inducing a 6-3 double-play out of pinch hitter Scott Sommerfeld, the only hitter he faced, to end the game.

Zastryzny took the loss despite striking out a season-high 11 in eight innings. He was charged for all three Auburn runs on eight hits and three walks.

Patrick Savage's first inning double gave Auburn a 1-0 lead. Cullen Wacker had hit a single and Cooper moved him to third with a single of his own, with all three hits coming with two outs in the inning.

Missouri tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the second on Keaton Steele's third home run of the year, a leadoff shot that got caught up in the wind that was blowing out to left.

Blake Austin had his 35th caught stealing by in Missouri's fourth, tying Bobby Huddleston (2000-03) for fourth in Auburn history. The strong-armed backstop also picked a man off first in Missouri's half of the third with the bases loaded.

Auburn will try to clinch the series at 2pm on Saturday. Left-hander Michael O'Neal (8-2) will get the starting nod for Auburn while Missouri will throw right-hander Brett Graves (0-5).

Auburn 3, Missouri 1 (Apr 26, 2013 at Columbia, MO)
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Auburn.............. 100 101 000 - 3 9 0 (25-16, 7-12 SEC)
Missouri............ 010 000 000 - 1 7 0 (13-24, 5-14 SEC)
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Win-Conner Kendrick(3-2) Save-Terrance Dedrick(5) Loss-Rob Zastryzny(2-8) T-2:12 A-291

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