Six-Run Sixth Gives Auburn Its 20th Comeback Win Of The Season

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Patrick Savage had three hits and two RBI vs. Samford

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Patrick Savage had three hits and two RBI vs. Samford
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

May 8, 2013

Final Stats

AUBURN, Ala. - For the fourth time in as many games and for the 20th time this season, Auburn came from behind to pull out a victory, this time defeating Samford 9-3 on Wednesday night after trailing by two midway through the game. The win improved Auburn's record to 29-19 and gave it a season sweep of Samford, which fell to 25-24.

"That's two days in a row where we have had very big innings," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We were working to get multiple runners on base and we did that. Some guys stepped up with some big, key hits."

Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Auburn started its comeback with a single run in the fifth on a Hunter Kelley RBI single, the first of two RBI for Kelley on the night, to make it 3-2.

Auburn then erupted for six runs on seven hits in the sixth off of Samford reliever Charles Terry (1-1), sending 11 men to the plate in the inning, a night after scoring 12 times in the eighth inning on Tuesday at Jacksonville State when it sent 15 men to the plate.

"It would be nice if we did it a little early but it starts to get late in the game and everyone starts focusing in," Patrick Savage said. "It doesn't really matter how you get on, it's just getting on in general. We are just trying to fight pitch to pitch to start and inning."

Eight out of Auburn's nine hitters collected at least one hit on the night, with Savage and Jordan Ebert each collecting three as Auburn collected a season-high 15 hits, while seven different players collected at least one RBI. Cullen Wacker, Garrett Cooper and Damek Tomscha each contributed two hits, with Cooper extending his hitting streak to 12 games with a sixth-inning single.

 

 

"We are getting hot at the right time," Ebert said. "We have been putting some good AB's together the whole year and it's finally paying off. Early in the year we had a lot of bad luck happen to us. It seems like now everything is starting to fall for us."

The big inning made a winner out of Reid Carter (1-0), who earned his first career win at Auburn with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The junior college transfer entered in the sixth with two down and the bases loaded and induced an inning-ending pop-up out of three-hole hitter C.K. Irby. The right-hander has now inherited a team-high 22 base runners, allowing just three to score.

Auburn returns to Southeastern Conference action this weekend when it heads to Gainesville, Fla., to take on Florida. It will mark Auburn's first trip to Gainesville since the 2008 season. Game times for the series are 6pm CT on Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday. All three games can be heard on the Auburn IMG Network's baseball affiliates as well as online at www.auburntigers.com.

Auburn 9, Samford 3 (May 08, 2013 at Auburn, AL)
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Samford............. 000 210 000 - 3 11 1 (25-24)
Auburn.............. 010 016 01X - 9 15 1 (29-19)
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Win-Reid Carter(1-0) Loss-Charles Terry(1-1) T-3:02 A-2454

Auburn-Samford Box Score

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