The loss makes the 12th time in 22 SEC games this season that Auburn has scored two runs or less and the Tigers have now scored just 13 total runs in the last eight conference games. With Wahl in total command and his offense in a funk, Pawlowski says it was another frustrating night for his team as the Tigers lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
"Wahl did a great job," Pawlowski says. "I thought he threw the ball extremely well. Unfortunately we've got to find a way to manufacture some runs. We just weren't able to do that tonight."
On the mound Auburn starter Conner Kendrick was solid, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings. Three runs and three hits came in the fourth on Overbey's bomb. Pawlowski says once again his team couldn't overcome the big inning in the loss.
"I thought Conner did a very good job," Pawlowski says. "Unfortunately he left one ball out over the plate, the three-run home run. The pitch just got away from him. Unfortunately when you're not doing a lot offensively one pitch and one play could mean the difference, and it certainly was tonight."
Friday night started out as a pitcher's duel as Kendrick cruised through the first three innings and the first two Ole Miss hitters in the fourth before running into his first trouble of the game. Allowing a pair of singles to Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone, Kendrick faced Overbey looking to keep the game scoreless. Leaving a pitch up in the strike zone, Kendrick could only watch as Overbey deposited it deep over the left field wall for a home run. It was his third of the season and gave Ole Miss a commanding 3-0 lead with Wahl on the mound.
The Tigers got one back on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the inning as first baseman Garrett Cooper continued his hot hitting as he drove a pitch over the left field wall for his seventh home run of the season. Unfortunately it would be the last Auburn hit until the eighth inning.
With a two-run lead, Ole Miss added to its lead in the sixth inning with a single run on a fielder's choice. Staked to a 4-1 advantage, Wahl finally ran into some trouble in the bottom of the eighth inning as Hunter Kelley got it started with a double off the wall in left field. A two-out walk to shortstop Dan Glevenyak brought Cullen Wacker to the plate with the tying run. Facing a 2-2 count, Wacker was frozen by a slider from Wahl to end the threat.
Ole Miss added two more runs in the eighth inning off reliever Trey Cochran-Gill, the second coming on a wild pitch to score the runner from second base, to make the final score 6-1.
Auburn will try to get back even in the series on Saturday when the Tigers send junior Michael O'Neal to the mound looking for his team-leading ninth win. He will face off against Mike Mayers (3-4) for the Rebels. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. and can be seen on SportSouth.