Auburn All-American Keegan Thompson took the loss for the Tigers in his second start of the season. Pitching on just three days rest, the sophomore allowed eight hits and six runs in five and one/third innings. Relievers Will Thompson, Jacob Milliman and Kevin Davis combined to finish off the game for Auburn, but it was too little and too late to get the win.
Offensively, Auburn was led by Anfernee Grier’s three hits while true freshman Hunter Tackett added a pair of hits for an offense that totaled just seven for the night. Junior college transfer Bo Decker added a two-run double as part of a three-run first inning for the Tigers that gave them the big early lead.
Walking to start the game, Grier reached and moved to second on a walk to Damon Haecker. That brought leading hitter Jordan Ebert to the plate and he executed the sacrifice bunt perfectly to set the stage for Decker. His double down the left field line put Auburn up 2-0. Shortstop Cody Nulph added a single to score Decker and just like that Thompson had a three run lead to work with.
Normally that would be enough for the talented sophomore, but not on this night. Allowing a single run in the first, he was touched up for a pair of runs in the fourth to cut Auburn’s lead down to 4-3. South Alabama tied the game in the fifth after a leadoff walk by Thompson came around to score.
Allowing a pair of hits to start the sixth before getting the first out, Keegan Thompson turned the ball over to Will Thompson and it proved to be the wrong move for the Tigers. A single to center field and a throwing error by Grier allowed a pair of runs to score to make it 6-4 Jaguars. Back-to-back walks pushed across the final run of the game as South Alabama held on for the three-run victory to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Auburn returns home Wednesday at 3 p.m. to face Alabama State at Plainsman Park.