Tigers Pound Out 15 Hits In Win Vs. Samford

The Auburn baseball team outscored Samford 9-3 to take its fourth straight victory.

Auburn, Ala.--For the second night in a row the Tigers used a big inning to rally from behind for a non-conference baseball victory as Auburn defeated Samford 9-3 at Plainsman Park.

On Tuesday night at Jacksonville State the Tigers scored a dozen runs in the eighth inning to overcome an 8-0 lead on the way to a 12-8 victory.

On Wednesday night on their home field the Tigers scored a half dozen runs in the sixth inning to overcome a one-run deficit on their way to a fourth consecutive victory and 20th comeback win this season.

The Tigers improved their record to 29-19 while Samford fell to 24-23 after being swept in its home-and-home series vs. the Tigers.

Jordan Ebert

Auburn's batters led the way with a season-high 15 hits. Freshman second baseman Jordan Ebert and designated hitter Patrick Savage led the attack with three hits apiece. Savage and Hunter Kelley led the Tigers in RBI with two apiece.

Auburn coach John Pawlowski said that hitting can be contagious, a concept that Ebert said is "absolutely" the case. "We string a couple of hits together and all of sudden it seems like this whole team lights on fire," Ebert said. "We are really living on the momentum of everybody on this club. It is a lot of fun to be a part of.

"We are getting hot at the right time," the second baseman added. "Early in the year we had a lot of bad luck stuff happening to us and it seems like now everything is starting to fall for us."

Asked if he can explain the one-inning offensive explosions the last two games, designated hitter Savage said, "No. It would be nice if we would start doing it earlier, but it starts to get late in the game and everybody focuses in."

Savage added that the Tigers need to keep their momentum as they return to SEC play this weekend at Florida. "It is a big opportunity for us," he said.

Ebert agreed with his teammate that the Tigers need to keep winning to position themselves for postseason play. "We know our backs are against the wall right now and we just have to get it done," he said.

Eight of Auburn's nine starters finished the game with a hit. Hunter Kelley, Garrett Cooper and Damek Tomscha each had two hits for the Tigers.

Pawlowski said he is "proud" of his team, noting that a variety of players up and down the batting order came through with key hits. "In the first half of the season we weren't doing that and now, all of the sudden, two games in a row we have had multiple hits and multiple runners on base."

Will Kendall got the start on the mound for the Tigers. He pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing six hits and three runs, two which were earned, before being pulled after suffering what was called a slight groin pull. Kendall is trying to bounce back from Tommy John surgery.

Justin Camp pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief before giving way to Reid Carter, who picked up the victory by allowing just two hits and no runs in 2 1/3 innings. It was the first decision of the season for Carter, a junior out of Auburn High School.

Patrick McGavin led the Bulldogs with three hits as his team finished the night with 11 hits. Charles Terry, Samford's third of six pitchers used in the game, took the loss as he gave up six runs while retiring just two batters.

Dan Glevenyak, who hit two homers on Tuesday night vs. Jacksonville State, doubled to left center field with one out in the second inning for the Tigers. Ebert followed with a line drive double into the right field corner to put the Tigers up 1-0.

The visitors got the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the fourth inning--one earned and one unearned as right fielder Kelley's bobble on a base hit allowed a runner to score from third.

Kelley helped get one run back with a line drive RBI single to right field in the bottom of the fifth after the Bulldogs had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the inning.

The next inning the Tigers took control of the contest with Savage starting the rally with a single, the first of seven hits in the inning. Ebert, Ryan Tella, Tomscha, Cullen Wacker and Garrett Cooper added hits before Savage added another one in the inning. The Tigers also benefitted from an error and an RBI by Blake Austin who was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Tigers will return to action at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday to open a three-game SEC series in Gainesville vs. the Florida Gators.

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