Tigers Get Revenge On Owls In 8-3 Win

Auburn improved to 13-3 on the season with an 8-3 win over Kennesaw State on the road Tuesday night. Pitcher Will Kendall made a successful return to the mound with one inning of scoreless work for the Tigers.

Kennesaw, Ga.—Following a 9-2 loss to Kennesaw State two weeks ago, the Auburn Tigers hit the road looking for a little revenge and got just that as Coach John Pawlowski's baseball club defeated the Owls 8-3 to improve to 13-3 on the season.

Auburn took advantage of several early miscues by the home team to build a big lead and cruise to the victory behind the relief pitching of Dillon Ortman and Justin Camp.

"There was definitely a chip on their shoulder," Pawlowski said. "We did not play well the last time we played these guys and there was a bad taste in their mouth. We came here on a mission. These players were determined to play a solid ball game. They did that and took care of business, now we move on to Vanderbilt."

The story of the night came in the first inning as junior Will Kendall took the mound for the first time since last season after having Tommy John surgery. Pitching just the first inning because of a strict pitch count, Kendall struck out two and allowed just one hit on 23 pitches. Getting the opportunity to pitch for the first time since April 7th of last year, Kendall said it was great to get back out there once again and he felt good.

"I felt good," Kendall said. "Obviously, I was a little nervous because it was the first time I have been on the mound in close to 11 months. I have to thank Anthony Sanderson, our trainer, for getting me back and spending so much time with me this summer. It wasn't just me, it was Anthony and the training staff.

"I had been throwing a lot of bullpens, but it had not been a game situation," he added. "It was good to finally get back out there and get something under my belt against a good team. To be successful against them, even in one inning, I was proud of how I did."

Ortman got the win for the Tigers, allowing two runs on six hits in four innings of relief. Camp earned his first career save, allowing just two hits and no runs in three and two/thirds innings while striking out four.

Jordan Ebert went hitless to end his 13-game streak at the plate

Auburn got the scoring started in the first inning without the benefit of a hit as freshman Jackson Burgreen walked to lead things off before being retired on a Dan Glevenyak groundout. Getting a lead at first, Glevenyak drew a wild throw from the pitcher and advanced all the way to third where he would score on a Ryan Tella groundout for the 1-0 lead.

Following the scoreless first for Kendall, Auburn went back to work in the second inning and once again got plenty of help from the Owls. Leading off, Garrett Cooper walked and moved to second when Damek Tomscha was hit by a pitch. Following a Blake Austin strikeout, Jordan Ebert walked to load the bases for Burgreen.

Getting a pitch to drive, Burgreen singled to right field to make it 2-0 Auburn. With the bases still loaded Glevenyak was hit by a pitch to force home the third run of the game. Continuing to play fundamental baseball, Tella's second ground ball of the game scored a run to give Ortman a 4-0 lead to work with.

Allowing a pair of singles to start his day, Ortman came back to get out of the early jam as a he got three fly balls to end the inning and keep Kennesaw State scoreless. Once again Auburn's offense got started in the third inning with a walk as Cullen Wacker walked on four pitches to bring Cooper to the plate.

Slicing a single into right field, Cooper pushed Wacker around to third with nobody out for the Tigers. Jumping on the first pitch, Tomscha singled up the middle to make it a five-run advantage for Auburn. With runners on first and second, Blake Austin bunted both into scoring position for Ebert. Lifting a fly ball to right field, Ebert easily plated Cooper to make it 6-0 Tigers. Glevenyak later singled to score Tomscha to give the Tigers a commanding seven-run advantage.

In the fourth Auburn added its eighth run of the game when Savage singled and Wacker doubled to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Following a Cooper strikeout, a Tomscha groundout allowed Savage to score from third.

Staked to an eight-run lead, Ortman finally allowed the Owls to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth as he hit Kody Belcher to start the inning. With one out he moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to break up the shutout.

Kennesaw State added a pair of runs in the sixth inning as Trey Cochran-Gill came on with a runner on first and allowed a hit and walked two before giving way to Camp. He finished things off to secure the 8-3 victory for the Tigers.

At the plate Auburn had just seven hits with Glevenyak, Tella and Tomscha all driving in a pair of runs for the Tigers.

Auburn will face No. 2 ranked Vanderbilt in a three-game series at Plainsman Park this weekend with the game times set for 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, 2:15 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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