Second baseman Tug Hulett drove home three runs and hit his first collegiate homer as Auburn pounded 13 hits off of four Troy State pitchers.
Freshman lefty Daniel Forrer was the winning pitcher in his first college start. He allowed just two runs and three hits in six innings. Jim Miksis pitched a scoreless inning of relief and Josh Sullivan then closed the game. Sullivan, who completed 12 passes earlier in the day as a quarterback at a football scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium, struck out two batters and did not allow a hit in two innings.
Auburn improved its record to 25-6 overall going into a three-game home series starting Friday vs. the University of Alabama. Troy State fell to 17-12.
Pitching in a familiar ballpark in his hometown, former Jeff Davis star Forrer won praise from Coach Steve Renfroe. "I thought Daniel was excellent tonight," Renfroe said. "He had great life on his fastball and he had really good tempo. He got his breaking ball over and threw strikes." The lefty retired the final 12 Trojans he faced.
Auburn's first five batters reached base to open the game. Sean Gamble and Javon Moran walked and Hulett followed with a double to left-center field scoring two runs. Another Montgomery native, Bobby Huddleston, drove home Hulett with a single it and scored after a stolen base and a single from Karl Amonite, who had two hits and two RBI.
Brad Sheffield led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk for Troy State and scored on a double by Casey O'Quinn, who scored two batters later on Wade Miller's groundout.
The Tigers scored two unearned runs in the fifth and stretched the lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning on a two-out single by Scott Schade. Hulett and Ammonite gave the Tigers two more runs in the eighth with solo homers.
Zack Watson took the loss for Troy State. He is 0-1 after giving up five runs while facing five batters and retiring none.
Auburn will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. CST vs. Alabama to start a three-game SEC series.