Tomscha And Tigers Take Down Wofford

Auburn tied a season high with 14 hits in a 7-4 win over Wofford on Wednesday night at Plainsman Park.

Auburn, Ala.—Damek Tomscha had three of a season-high 14 hits for the Auburn Tigers as they got back on the winning track Wednesday night with a 7-4 win over Wofford.

On the mound reliever Justin Camp got the win, allowing just four hits and one run in five innings to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Improving to 17-12 on the year with the win, Auburn heads to Texas A&M this weekend for a three-game series against the Aggies. While there are still plenty of things to work on for his club after leaving 12 runners on base in the win, Coach John Pawlowski said getting a win was the biggest thing about the game on Wednesday.

"I told the guys that it was important for a lot of reasons, one being that you carry some momentum into the weekend," Pawlowski said. "We have won two of our last three games. That's a positive step in learning how to win and getting that feeling of winning baseball again. The focus today was on just being a better baseball team from pitching to defense to situational hitting. I thought we were much better in those things tonight."

In addition to Tomscha's offense, Ryan Tella, Blake Austin and Dan Glevenyak all had two hits for the Tigers. Back in the lineup, freshmen outfielders Jackson Burgreen and Sam Gillikin each had a hit and scored three total runs in the victory. Pawlowski said he liked the look of the lineup and it could continue this weekend.

"The guys have continued to work hard at it and we're going to get better at it," Pawlowski said. "Jordan Ebert made a tremendous play up the middle. Dan Glevenyak made a great play on a chopper over the mound. It was good to see guys like Sam Gillikin and Jackson Burgreen jump in there. Both of those guys helped us today. It was good to get them back going again.

"We have to look at that," he added. "I think Texas A&M is probably going to start three right-handed pitchers against us. We'll certainly look at that and it gives us another option to try to shore up our defense a little bit."

Once again Auburn got off to a bad start as Wofford took a quick 3-0 lead just two innings into the Wednesday night contest off starter Trey Wingenter. After a pair of singles in the first inning put the Terriers on the board, Clark Wise singled to lead off the second and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt.

Putting the pressure on, Wise broke for third base as Blake Austin came up throwing. However his throw was in the dirt and skipped by Damek Tomscha at third. The error allowed Wise to score easily. Later in the inning Matthew Kaskow singled home Matthew Pelt after he walked and stole second.

Now trailing 3-0 and behind for the 13th-straight game, Auburn began to chip away in the bottom of the second. Leading off, Tomscha doubled to move into scoring position for Burgreen. Attempting to bunt the runner to third, Burgreen's bunt sent Wofford pitcher Matthew Milburn to his right. Trying to cut down Tomscha at third, his throw instead sailed into left field for the error.

The errant throw put Auburn on the scoreboard and allowed the speedy Burgreen to advance to second base where he would later score on a Glevenyak single. Now trailing by just a run, the Tigers went back to work for more in the bottom of the fourth inning as Burgreen reached on an infield single and moved around to third on a double by Austin to bring Gillikin to the plate. Back in the lineup for the first time since Feb. 26, the freshman right fielder lifted a fly ball to center field to score Austin and tie the game 3-3.

Facing Camp, Wofford pulled back in front with a single run in the fifth inning, but again Auburn would respond. With one out Ebert reached on an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error by the Wofford third baseman. Up next, Cullen Wacker hit a lazy fly ball to left field, but a strong wind knocked the ball down in front of Clark Wise for a double.

Unable to score, Ebert moved to third as the Tigers now had two in scoring position. Auburn loaded the bases after first baseman Garrett Cooper was hit by a pitch, bringing Tomscha to the plate. Already with a double on the night, the junior college transfer singled to left to score Ebert and make it 4-4. With the bases loaded and just one out Auburn had the chance to break things open, but a Burgreen strikeout and an Austin fly ball brought the rally to an end.

In the bottom of the sixth Auburn kept the pressure on as Gillikin bunted for a base hit to start the inning to bring Glevenyak to the plate. Hitting a sharp single up the middle, Glevenyak's hit sent Gillikin racing around to third. The throw from Kaskow was late at third base, but Seth Neely sailed the return throw into right field attempting to gun down Glevenyak at second. The error allowed Gillikin to score and put Auburn in front for the first time.

A Tella single followed to score Glevenyak and make it 6-4 Tigers. Eventually he would wind up at third base with Cooper at first following a walk. Tomscha came up again and once again the junior delivered as his single to left drove home Tella for the three-run Auburn advantage.

Coming on to pitch the final two innings, Auburn native Reid Carter pitched two hitless innings to earn his first career save. He struck out three and walked just one on 32 pitches.

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