With the win Auburn improves to 10-6 on the season as Tigers get ready for the final tuneup before conference play Wednesday night against Alabama State. Coach Sunny Golloway said the story of the night for him was the performance of Camp on the mound.
"Justin Camp did a really good job," Golloway said. "We've asked him to really pitch well when he gets two strikes on a hitter and not be just a thrower. I feel like he's been able to get ahead of hitters this year, but not really put them away. I thought tonight he made a tremendous adjustment. He really pitched well for us tonight."
At the plate the Tigers pounded out 10 hits with three from Ebert leading the way. Moving from ninth in the order to the leadoff spot in a matter of four games, the former second baseman turned outfielder is swinging a hot bat at just the right time for Auburn.
"I thought Ebert battled up there with a two-strike count and the bases loaded," Golloway said. "We had bases loaded the inning before and even though we had a 3-0 lead I thought not being able to score with the bases loaded in back-to-back innings might be a little crushing for us. I thought Jordan did a good job of putting the ball in play, which is what you've got to be able to with two strikes. The ball fell for us."
Auburn didn't waste any time getting on the board Tuesday night on the road as Ebert singled to start things off and moved to second on a follow-up single by Ryan Tella. In what would normally be a bunting situation, Tomscha was swinging on the first pitch and just missed it, sending a fly ball to left field for the first out. With runners still on first and second, Blake Austin's ground ball could have led to an inning-ending double play, but the flip to second was bobbled leaving everyone safe to load the bases. Freshman Anfernee Grier's fly ball to right field easily scored Ebert to make it 1-0 Tigers.
With Camp in command, Auburn's offense went back to work in the third and it was Tomscha that got it started. Coming to the plate with one out, Tomscha got a pitch to hit and he didn't miss it this time. Driving the ball over the left field fence for his fourth home run of the year, the senior quickly made it a two-run Auburn lead. A single by Austin and a pair of walks loaded the bases in the inning, but a Blake Logan fly ball brought the threat to an end with a two-run advantage for the Tigers.
In the fourth, shortstop Damon Haecker walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on another hit by Ebert. The runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt from Tella to set the scene for Tomscha, and the senior delivered with a fly ball and a 3-0 lead. With Camp dominating the Owls, Auburn's offense came back to finish things off in the fifth.
With one out in the inning second baseman Dan Glevenyak walked to bring freshman Keegan Thompson to the plate. Already with one hit, he drilled a single to put a pair on for the bottom of the Auburn order. Following a Logan popup, Haecker was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Ebert. On fire the last week, the sophomore continued his tear with a single that scored Glevenyak and Thompson. Trying to throw out Haecker at third, the Kennesaw State catcher threw the ball into left field for an error. That allowed the third run to score and give Auburn a commanding 6-0 lead.
Still without a hit against Camp, Kennesaw State's Jacob Bruce led off the bottom of the sixth for the Owls. Hitting a ground ball to third, the speedy outfielder advanced to second base on the second error of the game from Tomscha to give the home team some life. Following a wild pitch to move up 90 feet, Bruce scored on a Max Pentecost groundout to break up the shutout. One batter later Bo Way's double broke up the no-hitter for Camp, but he would be stranded to end the inning.
Wanting to get some work for his bullpen, Golloway used Terrance Dedrick, Jay Wade and Rocky McCord to finish things off as they combined to pitch two and two/thirds scoreless innings to secure the win.
Auburn will take on Alabama State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Plainsman Park.