Thompson Goes The Distance In 5-2 Auburn Win

Auburn took game two of the series vs. Texas A&M as Keegan Thompson pitched a complete game in a 5-2 victory Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--Keegan Thompson pitched Auburn's second consecutive complete game in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. Texas A&M as the freshman allowed just four hits and struck out 10 in a 5-2 victory. Getting help from an offense that finished with 15 hits on the day, Thompson finished off the game in style by retiring 12 of the last 13 hitters he faced including striking out the side in the ninth.

With the win Auburn improves to 13-6 overall while Texas A&M falls to 13-7. The Tigers will go for the sweep in the second game of the doubleheader with sophomore Justin Camp on the mound.

For the second consecutive day it was the Auburn offense that got off to a good start as Dan Glevenyak singled with one out in the first to bring Tomscha to the plate. Getting a pitch to drive, the senior continued his hot streak by launching a double off the monster in left field to drive in Glevenyak and put the Tigers on the board. Following a Ryan Tella strikeout and Blake Austin getting hit by a pitch, Daniel Robert singled home Tomscha to give Thompson a two-run lead to work with.

That's how things would stand until the fifth when Texas A&M finally put some pressure on the freshman from Cullman. Leading off the inning, Logan Nottebrok singled and moved to second on a single from catcher Blake Nau. Thompson got a ground ball to second, but it wasn't hard enough to turn the double play. Getting the force at second, the Tigers faced a first and third situation with one out.

Losing control momentarily, Thompson walked Logan Taylor to load the bases and then hit number nine hitter Jace Statum with a pitch to force home a run. Pinch hitter Jonathan Moroney followed with a sacrifice fly to center field that easily scored Banks to tie the game at two. That would be it for the Aggies on this day however as Thompson put the clamps on their bats the rest of the way.

Now tied 2-2, Auburn got a two-out single from Tella to start the fifth and when Austin singled on a hit and run to move him to third the Tigers were in business once again. With a left-hander coming on for the Aggies out of the bullpen, Auburn turned to freshman Blake Logan and he delivered with a single through the left side. The hit scored Tella from third to put the Tigers back in front.

Auburn then broke the game open in the seventh with a single by Tomscha with one out and a bunt single from Tella to put a pair on base for the bottom of the Tigers' order. Getting a pitch to drive, Austin roped a ball to left field that was tracked down by Moroney for the second out of the inning. At third base with Thompson on the mound, freshman Connor Short came up with a huge two-out hit as his single scored both Tomscha and Tella to make it 5-2 Auburn.

That's all Thompson would need as he slammed the door on the Aggies the rest of the way for his fourth win of the season.

At the plate Ebert, Tomscha, Tella, Austin, Robert, and Logan all had two hits for the Tigers. Robert and Logan combined to go 4-4 out of the designated hitter spot for Auburn.

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