Punchless Tigers Lose at South Alabama

The Auburn baseball team dropped a Tuesday night road game in Mobile.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn's midweek baseball struggles continued on Tuesday night as South Alabama jumped on the visiting Tigers early and coasted to an 8-1 victory at Stanky Field.

South Alabama chased Auburn starting pitcher Andrew Morris in the first inning. He gave up a three-run homer to Brent Tanner and that was all of the runs the home team would need.

The Jaguars finished the game with 12 hits against six Auburn pitchers. The Tigers managed just four hits.

Auburn fell to 28-25 with the loss while South Alabama improved to 28-13. The Jaguars also beat Auburn last month in a game on AU's home field.

The only run for the Tigers came on a home run by Casey McElroy to lead off the sixth inning. However, by that time the Tigers were down 6-1 after allowing a single run in the third inning and two more in the fourth. The Jaguars added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning.

"We are going to try to get better tomorrow in practice and keep working," said Pawlowski. "That is the cornerstone of this team. It continues to work hard. We will get a good effort."

The Auburn coach aded that his players realize they did not perform well and will need to play better when they return to conference play.

"We were sloppy all the way around the horn," Pawlowski said. "We just didn't play very well. We didn't pitch very well, especially to start the game, and then offensively we couldn't manufacture anything. It's very disappointing."

Senior catcher Tony Caldwell tied the Auburn record for most runners thrown out on attempted steals by picking up the 57th of his career on Tuesday night. He gunned out Taylor White at second base to tie the mark held by Casey Dunn.

The Tigers will close the regular season with a three-game SEC series at Tennessee. The series opens with a 5 p.m. CDT game on Thursday. The teams will play at the same time on Friday and the finale is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday in Knoxville.

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