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Auburn Dropped a 4-3 Baseball Decision On Friday Night in Pensacola

Auburn opened the Cox Diamond Classic with an extra innings setback to the Troy Trojans.

Justin Camp (above) had no decision as the starter on the mound for Auburn.

Pensacola, Fla.-- Auburn suffered its fourth one-run loss of the baseball season as Troy rallied to defeat the Tigers 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday night.

A two-out, walk-off single by Matt Sanders scored the winning run, which reached base on a leadoff single by Bert Givens, who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a groundout.

Ben Braymer suffered the loss on the mound. He gave up two hits in four innings of relief before being pulled in favor of Gabe Klobosits with one out in the 11th inning.

Auburn’s record dropped to 6-4 for the season while Troy improved to 8-3.

“Our losses have been games just like this,” said Auburn coach Butch Thompson, who added, “It was a great college baseball game. We need one of those to go our way and finish out on top.”

Auburn starter Justin Camp gave up seven hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Auburn finished with eight hits with Anfernee Grier lead the way with three. Troy had 10 hits.

“We competed,” Thompson said. “There is nobody here to bang up on and feel like they need to do something different,” Thompson said. “They threw three good arms. I thought we were competitive with our guys.”

The Tigers scored three runs in the third inning that started when Blake Logan reached first on an error. Singles by Damon Haecker and Grier loaded the bases.

After Josh Palacios hit a line drive out to right field Jordan Ebert’s single to left field scored the first run.

Nikko Buentello then singled to center field to score two more runs, but the Trojans got out of the situation with no more damage when Daniel Robert struck out looking and Cody Nulph grounded out.

A home run to start the bottom of the third by Trevor Davis cut the lead to 3-1. A two-RBI single by Reid Long  tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning.

Both teams had great scoring opportunities in the seventh inning. The Tigers loaded the bases with nobody out, but couldn’t push a run home. Troy loaded the bases with one out and came away empty after Ben Braymer came in to pitch in relief of Camp.

“That was a tough one on the chin,” said Thompson, whose Tigers will play their second game in the Cox Diamond Invitational at 11 a.m. on Saturday as they take on Michigan State at Wahoos Stadium.

Corey Childress picked up the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless pitching to improve his record to 1-0.

Freshman Casey Mize (0-0, 0.84 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Tigers vs. sophomore right-hander Ethan Landon (0-0, 3.72 ERA).

“We are excited about Casey Mize getting his first start ever and throwing the ball so well,” Thompson said.

Michigan State suffered its first loss of the season on Friday in Pensacola, falling 2-0 to Southern Miss, an opponent the Tigers will play on Sunday.

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