Tigers Can't Sweep Bethune-Cookman

Auburn dropped a 5-2 baseball decision to Bethune-Cookman as the Tigers suffered their third loss of the season.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn struggled at the plate on Wednesday only producing nine hits and two runs, falling to Bethune-Cookman 5-2 in the finale of the two-game, mid-week baseball series at Plainsman Park

"They pitched very well," said Coach John Pawlowski, whose Tigers dropped to 6-3. "I thought we had some chances."

Bryan Rivera earned the win for Bethune-Cookman throwing 5 1/3 striking out five and giving up four hits, two earned runs and four walks. Win the win the visitors improved their record to 5-5.

Jon Luke Jacobs took the loss for the Tigers, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, while striking out seven.

"I thought Jon Luke gave us everything he could," Pawlowski said. "The biggest thing with him is you look up at the end of the day and we're still in the ball game and have a chance to win."

Bethune-Cookman took an early lead in the first inning. After Paul Biocic singled, Ryan Durrence and Emmanuel Castro followed with back-to-back doubles, putting the Wildcats up 2-0.

Auburn got on the board in the bottom of the second when Dan Gamache hit his first home run on the season.

Bethune-Cookman responded in the top half of the third with another run. D.J. Leonard singled and advanced to second on a bad throw to first on a pick-off attempt. With two outs, Peter O'Brien singled to right. Tony Caldwell could not hold onto the throw allowing the unearned run to score.

Auburn had a missed opportunity in bottom of the frame. The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out and were unable to score any runs.

Bethune-Cookman increased its lead in the top of the sixth. After a leadoff walk, the Wildcats put together back-to-back singles, which allowed Castro to score. After another walk Bethune-Cookman had the bases loaded with one out. Biocic hit a slow grounder to first, which Patterson had trouble handling. While Patterson got the out at first, Brashad Johnson scored from third, giving his team a 5-1 lead.

Gamache scored again for the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth. After leading off the inning with a walk, Gamache was given second base on a balk. Wes Gilmer drove the DH home with a single to right. Jay Gonzalez had a clutch hit to right with two outs and Gilmer on second. However, David Lee was able to gun Gilmer at home.

Auburn left 10 runners on base throughout the game, five of which were in scoring position.

Gamache was the only Tigers to score. While at-bat he was 1-2 with a homerun, RBI, two runs and two walks.

"Yesterday he had some hits and has swung the bat extremely well," Pawlowski said. "He's been doing some positive things for us."

This weekend Auburn travels to Charleston, S.C., to compete against Pawlowski's former team in the College of Charleston Tournament. The Tigers play New York Tech on Friday, College of Charleston on Saturday and Western Kentucky on Sunday.

"It's going to be a challenge," Pawlowski said. "As a team we have to learn from some of the things that transpired tonight. It'll be a good test."

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