May 4, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Blake Austin went 4-for-4 and Damek Tomscha hit a homer, but it was a simple first-inning single that seemed to set the tone for an Auburn offense in search of a big game Saturday night.
Jordan Ebert's 2-out, 2-run single in the first was Auburn's first hit in 20 tries with the bases loaded in SEC play this season, and it helped Auburn beat No. 18 Ole Miss 8-5 in Plainsman Park.
"I knew something good was going to happen from that. I thought our offense did a great job," said coach John Pawlowski.
Auburn matched its second highest run output of the SEC season as it improved to 26-19 overall and 8-15 in SEC play. Ole Miss fell to 33-15 and 12-11 in the league. The Tigers delayed the start by three hours and 38 minutes because of rain. The wait was worth it for Auburn.
The Tigers will face Ole Miss in the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday when the Tigers send Daniel Koger (0-2 with a 4.04 ERA) against Sam Smith (0-2, 3.53 ERA).
Saturday was a welcome sight for Auburn's offense, which had been limited to nine runs over the last six SEC games.
Auburn scored two in the first, fell behind 5-3 after five, but scored three in the sixth on Tomscha's 2-run homer and a sacrifice fly by Cullen Wacker. The Tigers added two in the seventh and on consecutive RBI doubles by Ryan Tella and Austin.
"I thought we gained some confidence during the course of the game," Pawlowski said.
Justin Camp improved to 2-1, allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Terrance Dedrick picked up his sixth save, not allowing a hit in 2 2/3 innings. Aaron Greenwood fell to 3-3.
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