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Anfernee Grier, Cole Lipscomb lead Auburn over Kentucky

Cole Lipscomb throws a complete game to help Auburn beat Kentucky. (Auburn Athletics Photo)

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By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- It was, said Anfernee Grier, a crazy inning.

You know, the one in which Auburn had four straight hits, but hadn't scored a run; the inning in which the Tigers' fifth straight hit landed over the left field wall, courtesy of Grier.

Grier's 3-run homer and a masterful complete-game pitching performance by Cole Lipscomb carried Auburn past No. 22 Kentucky 5-2 Friday night in Plainsman Park.

Auburn nearly ran itself out of the decisive fourth inning when the first two base runners were tagged out on the same play. But the Tigers followed that with three more consecutive hits, punctuated by Grier's homer.

"I can't imagine a home run bigger than that because of the way the inning was going," Lipscomb said. "For Anfernee to come up there with two outs and do that was huge for our team. It gave us momentum."

Lipscomb did the rest, allowing only five hits and one earned run on a nifty 108 pitches.

"I've had some ups and downs this season," Lipscomb said. "I finally felt all my pitches were there tonight."

Auburn improved to 19-23 overall and 6-13 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky fell to 26-16 overall and 10-9 in the league.

Lipscomb improved to 2-3. Zack Brown fell to 2-8.

Grier finished 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .404. Damon Haecker continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-3. Niko Buentello drove in Auburn's other run.

Auburn coach Butch Thompson said he liked the mood of the team thanks to "a couple of more gamble things on the bases and things going on. 

"The thing we've been talking about since last week is I want them a little more reckless and play with a little more life. It was a big moment when Anfernee hit the home run. It's one thing for your best player to step and do it on a Friday night. That's two out and nobody on, and you get three consecutive hits. The guys kept playing tonight."

Thompson also congratulated the fans.

"The other thing that sticks out to me tonight is the 3,260 Auburn fans, to come out and watch this team and stay with them as these young men grow and try to get better as a ball club."

Charles Goldberg on is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine




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