Trio Of Tigers Shut Out Trojans

The Auburn baseball Tigers snapped their losing streak with a 7-0 victory vs. the Troy Trojans.

Troy, Ala.--Three Auburn pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the Tigers took a 7-0 baseball victory at Riddle-Pace Field on Tuesday night.

The victory was the third shutout of the season for the Tigers, who had done it previously vs. Alcorn State (22-0) and vs. South Alabama (7-0).

Auburn improved its record to 22-19 in sweeping the season series vs. the Trojans, who also fell 7-4 last week at Plainsman Park in Auburn.

The victory also ended a three-game losing streak for the Tigers, who improved their record to 10-1 in midweek games.

Freshman Trey Cochran-Gill scattered three hits in five innings as the starting pitcher, improving his record to 4-1 while throwing 65 pitches for Coach John Pawlowski.

"You can't say enough about what Trey Cochran-Gill did," Pawlowski said of the pitcher who was making his third collegiate start. "I think he had eight or nine ground balls and just got to the bottom half of the (strike) zone. It was exciting to see that, too."

Senior Derek Varnadore did not allow a hit in three innings of relief. Another senior, Justin Bryant, pitched the ninth inning and gave up a single to the Trojans, whose record drops to 17-23.

Varnadore had been struggling as the Friday night starter, but was sharp in relief vs. the Trojans. "I am really happy for him because he is working hard and I know he is certainly capable of pitching quality baseball like he did tonight," Pawlowski said.

Coach John Pawlowski

The Tigers finished the night with 12 hits and no errors in what was one of their best all-around performances of the season. The fielders helped the pitching staff by turning three double plays.

"Our kids know we are capable of playing this type of baseball," Pawlowski said.

Auburn opened the scoring in the first inning with a home run by Creede Simpson over the left field wall to put the Tigers up 1-0.

The Trojans managed to put runners on first and third in the bottom half of the inning, but the Tigers turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

In the fifth Jay Gonzalez reached first base on an error by the shortstop to open the inning. He advanced to second on a single Blake Austin, who faked a bunt before swinging away and hitting the baseball into left field.

Zach Alvord then drove home Gonzalez on a line drive double down the left field line making the score 2-0.

Mitchell Self, making his first Auburn start at shortstop, hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field to bring home Austin from third base on the first out of the inning.

Ryan Tella then smacked a double off the wall stretching the lead to 4-0. Creede Simpson hit a fly ball for the second out. Troy changed pitchers, pulling starter Ryan Brady. Garrett McHenry got Garrett Cooper to pop out to end the inning.

In the sixth inning Ortman drew a one-out walk. Bobby Andrews entered the game as a pinch-runner for the designated hitter. Andrews then advanced to second base on a line drive single to center from Gonzalez. Austin then walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases for Alvord. After Alvord struck out, Self did the same thing to end the threat.

To start the bottom of the inning Cochran-Gill was pulled in favor of Auburn's normal Friday night starter, Varnadore. The senior right-hander retired the side one-two-three.

The Tigers increased the lead to 5-0 with a leadoff homer by Ryan Tella in the seventh inning. Simpson then followed with a double prompting the Trojans to pull McHenry in favor of Jeremy McGowan, who hit Cooper, the first batter he faced.

The Tigers loaded the bases as Wacker drew a walk bringing up Andrews, who brought home a run with a sacrifice fly.

With runners on first and second, Gonzalez went down swinging for the second out. Austin was then hit by a pitch to re-load the bases for Alvord, who grounded out to end the inning.

In the eighth inning Tella drew a one-out walk. Simpson's single put runners on first and third base. Cooper was retired on a groundout fielder's choice making the score 7-0.

Troy then made another pitching change, bringing in A.J. Howard, who got Wacker to hit a ground ball for the third out.

Tella and Simpson led the Tigers at the plate. Each came through with a homer and double as their team as Troy was shut out at home for the first time since the 2009 season.

The Tigers return to action on Friday with a 6 p.m. CDT SEC game vs. Tennessee at Plainsman Park.

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