Tigers Blast Black Bears 12-3 In First Of Two

Auburn blasted Maine 12-3 to win the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Tigers got solid pitching from Rocky McCord and Justin Camp to get the win.

Auburn, Ala.—After squeaking out a 3-2 win in Friday night's season opener, the Auburn Tigers (2-0) exploded in Saturday's first of two games against Maine as they pounded out 12 hits in a 12-3 win over the Black Bears.

Four different players had two hits each for the Tigers with Ryan Tella and Garrett Cooper delivering the biggest blows of the game. A junior center fielder, Tella was 2-3 with two RBI while the senior first baseman Cooper added a two-run homer and three RBI.

On the mound sophomore Rocky McCord allowed just one run on five hits in four innings with redshirt freshman reliever Justin Camp very good as well. Allowing two runs on four hits in four innings, it was a great start for Camp after he missed the 2012 season following Tommy John surgery. Freshman Matt Shultz pitched the ninth inning to finish things off for the Tigers.

Getting the start, McCord got off to a shaky beginning as he allowed a solo homer to Michael Fransoso with two outs in the first inning to give Maine the early lead. Alex Calbick followed with a double to bring Fran Whitten to the plate. Dribbling a ground ball up the middle, the DH looked like he would make it 2-0 but freshman second baseman Jordan Ebert knocked the ball down to put runners on the corners. It proved to be huge as McCord got a ground ball to get out of the inning down just one run.

Rocky McCord

It didn't take Auburn long to seize control of this game however with some help from the Black Bears. Leading off for the Tigers, freshman Jackson Burgreen continued his hot hitting with a single to right field. A Dan Glevenyak single followed to bring Tella to the plate. Glevenyak finished with two hits and four runs scored for the game. Putting down a sacrifice bunt, the speedy junior center fielder reached on an error from catcher Mike Connolly to load the bases with nobody out.

An error on a Cooper ground ball allowed Burgreen to score Auburn's first run and kept the bases loaded. Following a walk to Damek Tomscha to make it 2-1, Sam Gillikin lifted a shallow fly ball to left field that Fransoso caught in shallow left field. Running on the catch, Tella scored from third base to give Auburn the early 3-1 lead.

A Burgreen double with one out in the second inning lead to the fourth run for the Tigers as Tella's single pushed him across. In the fourth Auburn would add another run as Glevenyak walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Now leading 5-1 the Tigers would break the game open completely in the fifth. With Camp coming on in relief of McCord in the fifth, Auburn put the game away in the bottom of the inning. Leading off, Blake Austin singled and moved to second when Ebert walked. Following a Burgreen ground ball that erased Ebert, Glevenyak doubled to left field to score Austin and make it 6-1 Tigers.

Looking to keep his good day going Tella singled home both Burgreen and Glevenyak to bring Cooper to the plate. With a strong wind blowing out to right field the senior blasted a two-run shot over the K Corner in right field to give Auburn a commanding 10-1 advantage.

Maine tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh before Auburn answered back with a pair of runs in both the seventh and the eighth. The big blow came from Austin as he doubled home freshman Rock Rucker after he walked in his first career at-bat.

For the game Burgreen added two hits and three runs scored with Austin added a pair of hits as well.

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