“You always feel good when you come out and win three games on the weekend,” Coach Sunny Golloway said. “I think for us it’s more important how we played the game and how we approached it. You look at the first game and we’ve got to go extra innings and come from behind to find victory. We pitched the ball really well. In the second game we played for the big inning. In this game I thought we were really methodical about our business going out there. I thought we were in pretty good control from the start.”
Following a pair of scoreless innings to start the game, Auburn’s offense got untracked in the third as Blake Logan singled to start things off to bring center fielder Anfernee Grier to the plate with one out. Getting a pitch to hit, he laced it into center field for a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. A wild throw allowed both runners to move into scoring position for the heart of the Auburn order.
Doing his job at the plate, second baseman Damon Haecker hit a ground ball to the right side to score Logan and put the Tigers on the board. That brought Jordan Ebert to the plate. Already with a single for the day after going hitless in Saturday’s doubleheader, Ebert worked the count to 2-2 before driving a pitch over the left field wall for his third home run of the season.
“Anytime I get in the slump it usually starts with me hitting the ball hard right at somebody,” Ebert said. “Then I start trying to change stuff. I caught myself doing that this weekend. In the first game I smoked a couple of balls that didn’t get through. In the second game I went to try to get some balls.
“Last night I was at home thinking and I just have to trust myself,” he added. “I just have to let my hands work and not try to force things. The hits will come, just keep barrelling balls up. I came into this game and said I wanted three hits because I needed it. Surprisingly I went out there and got it. I got to hit one out and that was pretty nice. With two strikes, anytime you can get the barrel on the ball with two strikes is nice. For it to go over for a two-run home run felt really good.”
Staked to a three-run lead through three innings, Davis couldn’t make it out of the fourth after allowing just one hit and striking out five with three walks. With a pitch count of 64 and still coming back from arm problems last season, Davis gave way to Milliman and he pitched one and one/third scoreless innings of relief to secure the win earn his first career save.
With Radford’s bats silenced the Auburn offense put the finishing touches on the victory in the fifth. Leading off with a single, left fielder J.J. Shaffer was off and running when Grier laced a double to left field to score him easily and make it a four-run lead. Following a Haecker walk, Ebert singled on a hit and run of his own to drive in Grier. Daniel Robert finished off the scoring for Auburn with an RBI groundout before the rains set in at Plainsman Park.
The game was called after five innings with Auburn officially getting the victory and the sweep.
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