Tigers Sputter In 4-1 Loss To Georgia Tech

Auburn managed just six hits in a 4-1 loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Atlanta, Ga.--Despite a solid outing from senior Rocky McCord on the mound, Auburn’s offense again sputtered on Tuesday night as the Tigers fell to Georgia Tech 4-1 for their seventh loss in the last nine games. Now 15-10 on the year, Coach Sunny Golloway’s club will travel to Mississippi State this weekend for a three-game series against the Bulldogs.

While McCord did his job against Georgia Tech, allowing just two runs on seven hits in six innings, the Tigers just didn’t have enough firepower to pull out the win with just six total hits on the night. Golloway said McCord did enough to get the victory, but the team still has a lot to learn about finishing things off.

“It was really going to come down to who scored and they found a way to score, you have to give them credit,” Golloway said. “They had some really good swings late in the game to drive the ball. Some guys in the bottom of the order drove the ball really well for them with a big home run thrown in there.

“We just didn’t compete as well as we can offensively, but again I thought Rocky did a tremendous job for us in a starting role and pitched really well,” he added. “He pitched really well and kept us in the ballgame. We’ve got to learn that we hate to lose more than we like to win.”

Sophomore Kyler Deese drove home Auburn’s only run to give the Tigers the lead in the fourth inning. It was the sixth RBI in the last four games for the third baseman as he continues to make plays for the Auburn offense.

Georgia Tech (17-7) tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a double from Arden Pabst and later in the inning he tried to score on a wild pitch, but was gunned down at the plate on a throw from catcher Blake Logan to McCord.

Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth after scoring a run on a near double play in the sixth inning, Georgia Tech broke the game open with a pair of runs off relievers Dalton Rentz and Justin Camp. Getting the first out of the inning, Rentz left a pitch over the plate that A.J. Murray deposited over the left field wall for a solo home run to push the lead to two.

A pair of walks brought the day to a quick end for Rentz as he gave way to Camp. Coming off an 84-pitch outing on Saturday, Camp gave up a long fly ball to left field off the bat of Wade Bailey that just missed leaving the yard. Instead the double make it a 4-1 advantage for the Yellow Jackets.

Closer Zac Ryan finished off the game for Georgia Tech in the ninth with a three-up and three-down performance. That completed a very good day on the mound for the Yellow Jackets as starter Devin Stanton and reliever Ben Parr combined to allow just a run on six hits in eight innings.

Auburn returns to action this weekend as the Tigers travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State in a three-game series. Game times are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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