Patterson's Eight-Inning Pinch-Hit Homer Sends No. 16 Auburn To 5-3 Win At No. 17 Ole Miss

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Kevin Patterson
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Kevin Patterson
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

May 20, 2010

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OXFORD, Miss. - Kevin Patterson delivered a game-winning, three-run pinch hit home run in the top of the eighth that propelled No. 16 Auburn to a 5-3, come-from-behind win at No. 17 Ole Miss on Thursday night and inch Auburn closer to its first SEC West Division title since 1995.

"(Drew) Pomeranz was throwing well and I am usually a guy that goes against righties, so when I saw them going to the bullpen I thought I would get my shot," Patterson said. "Fortunately guys were on base and he (Brett Huber) hung an off-speed pitch. I figured I was going to see some fastballs but luckily it was up in my letters and I was able to get a hold of it."

With the win, Auburn improved to 37-17, 18-10 SEC and took a two game lead on Ole Miss, which is 36-18, 16-12 SEC. Arkansas went into its Thursday night game with Vanderbilt 16-11 in the SEC, but that game did not start until Auburn's game was in the ninth. Should Arkansas falter, Auburn will have clinched a share of the division crown.

The win was Auburn's first this season when trailing a game after seven full innings, going 0-12 up until Patterson's blast down the right field line.

Austin Hubbard threw the final two innings to pick up his ninth save of the season and the 21st of his career, working around a ninth-inning walk and single to nail down the win for Auburn.

Dan Gamache's home run to lead off the third gave Auburn a 1-0 lead as he drove one to the back of the home bullpen in right for his sixth of the season.

The lead stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth as Auburn starter Cory Luckie worked six full innings, keeping Ole Miss off the board until a Taylor Hashman three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth that gave Ole Miss a 3-1 lead.

 

 

Luckie and Hubbard were helped by tremendous defensive work behind them as Auburn turned three double plays on the night, including inning ending twin-killers in the third and eighth innings.

"Cory Luckie going out there and settling the game down was huge for us. He got us in and out and just made one mistake," Auburn Head Coach Pawlowski said. "Austin is the guy we want out there in that situation (the final innings) and he was able to close the door for us."

Down by two going to the seventh, Auburn got a run back on a Casey McElroy's RBI single to draw within one, 3-2. Auburn had a chance to do more damage but Ole Miss Pomeranz got out of the inning without any other runs crossing the plate as he struck out Gamache and Justin Hargett with the bases loaded to keep the game 3-2 in favor of Ole Miss.

Pomeranz (7-2) was tagged with the loss as he turned things over to Brett Huber with two on and none out in the eighth. Huber induced a fly out from Brian Fletcher and a groundout out of Hunter Morris before Patterson blasted his 15th home run of the season down the line in right, over the bleachers and into the tennis courts just outside of Oxford-University Stadium. Auburn hung four runs on Pomeranz on eight hits and two walks.

"I thought (Huber's) slider was pretty good. He is their guy out of the bullpen and I thought maybe KP might be able to run into a slider or something and it worked out," Pawlowski said.

Bradley Hendrix (3-2) threw a scoreless top of the seventh to earn the win.

Auburn will try to win its fifth straight series and tie the school record for SEC wins in a season on Friday at 6:30pm CT when it sends Jr. LHP Cole Nelson (6-3, 4.60) to the hill against Ole Miss Sr. RHP Aaron Barrett (7-2, 3.26).

Auburn 5, Ole Miss 3 (May 20, 2010 at Oxford, MS)
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Auburn.............. 001 000 130 - 5 9 0 (37-17, 18-10 SEC)
Ole Miss............ 000 003 000 - 3 10 0 (36-18, 16-12 SEC)
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Win-Bradley Hendrix(3-2) Save-Austin Hubbard(9) Loss-Drew Pomeranz(7-2) T-2:32 A-6675

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