Slumping Tigers Swept By Ole Miss

Ole Miss held the Tigers to one run in a Saturday doubleheader to hand Auburn a fourth consecutive loss.

Oxford, Miss.--Being shut out for 22 consecutive innings, including 15 in a row during a Saturday doubleheader, the Auburn Tigers were swept in a three-game SEC baseball series at Ole Miss.

The Rebels took the first game on Saturday 6-0 and followed that with a 5-1 decision in finale. Prior to this weekend Auburn teams had a streak of four consecutive series wins vs. Ole Miss.

Auburn dropped to 19-14 overall and 5-7 in the SEC while the Rebels improved to 25-8 and 7-5 in the league.

Coach Sunny Golloway's Tigers will try to end a four-game losing streak going into a Tuesday 6 p.m. CDT home contest vs. Troy.

"We are going to have to put a little more thunder in our lineup, I?think, that's for sure because I thought we would be able to run better in conference play," Golloway said. "I thought we would be able to manufacture (runs) as far as bunting and hit-and-run. We haven't done a very good job with either one of those things.

"We will go back, work hard and get ready for our next one," Golloway added. "We have an important mid-week game and then another important weekend (at Alabama) coming up so it is going to be how quick we can bounce back. We are clearly not playing very good baseball right now."

Game two was scoreless until the sixth inning with Michael O'Neal off to a strong start on the mound for the Tigers. The lefty didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning. However, the home team touched him for four hits in the sixth inning and scored five runs as his record dropped to 2-3 for the season.

Auburn chased Ole Miss starter Sam Smith in the seventh inning, but managed to score just a single run in the process as Damon Haecker cross the plate on a single by Jordan Ebert. That prevented the Tigers from suffering their first back-to-back shutouts since the 1982 season.

The Tigers threatened in the eighth inning after the Rebels walked the bases loaded with nobody out. However, Dan Glevenyak and Haecker were called out on strikes and then Dylan Smith struck out swinging to end the threat.

Ryan Tella, who was 2-3 for the Tigers, was the only Auburn player to have a multiple hit game on Saturday. Auburn finished the game with seven hits to six for the home team.

In the opening game Ole Miss struck first with a single run in the second inning and that would be all the Rebels needed to clinch the series win thanks to a dominating pitching performance by Christian Trent. The lefty went the distance for the first time this season while allowing the Tigers just five hits.

A two-out passed ball by catcher Blake Logan allowed the home team to score an unearned run after a pair of singles put two runners on base.

Keegan Thompson pitched solidly early in the game, but the freshman was chased after 5 2/3 innings (97 pitches) to suffer his first loss as a Tiger. He gave up nine hits and was charged with all six runs.

The Rebels scored three insurance runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to take command of the game.

Robby Clements, Kevin Davis, Rocky McCord and Jacob Milliman finished the game on the mound for the Tigers, who suffered a third consecutive loss. At the plate no Auburn player had more than a single hit in the first game of the doubleheader.

Auburn's coach noted that both of his starting pitchers on Saturday got off to good starts, but didn't get run support. "The feeling is we are kind of sitting around waiting to get behind," Golloway said. "That was the feeling all day today. I think that has a lot to do with the wind really being taken out of our sails last night."

Auburn led 5-2 going into the eight on Friday, but Ole Miss rallied to win the game with a walk-off three-run homer in the 13th inning.

"I?thought we would bounce and show better character," Golloway said. "I thought we played well in some areas of the game, but overall for the day (Saturday) we really didn't play very well.

"They are amateur athletes, they are college students and I understand that is how it goes sometimes," the coach said. "You need a little bit of time to sleep on it and regroup and we didn't have enough hours in the day to regroup from what we felt was victory on our side that was really just thrown away. We probably just had a little bit of hangover from that."

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