Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers got quality pitching in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader as Casey Mize and Cole Lipscomb combined to allow just two hits and struck out 11 in a 2-0 win over George Washington.
Coming off a solid freshman season, Mize delivered for the Tigers in the first game on Saturday. Throwing 75 pitches in five innings, the sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out seven to put Auburn in a great spot to pick up win number two.
Taking over for him, Lipscomb didn’t allow a hit in four innings and struck out four batters for his second career save.
At the plate Daniel Robert again came through for the Tigers with a pair of singles to put his batting average at .750 through two games. Freshman second baseman Will Holland reached base twice and added his first career hit in the win.
After scoring nine runs on Friday in the opener, the Tigers struggled to find the range against George Washington starter Brady Renner until finally breaking through in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out Jonah Todd got things going with a single to center field and moved to second on a wild pitch.
Following a Bowen McGuffin strikeout, senior catcher Blake Logan delivered a single to right field for his first RBI of the season in just his second at-bat after dealing with an illness in the preseason. Moving to third after Holland reached on an error, Logan scored on a Luke Jarvis single to make it 2-0.
That’s how things would stay until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Tigers would threaten again. With Lipscomb cruising on the mound after taking over for Mize, Auburn threatened again when Joshua Anthony walked and moved to third on a Robert single. With runners on the corners the Tigers had a chance to break it open late, but a Bo Decker strikeout kept the lead at two.
Lipscomb finished things off with a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory.
Auburn and George Washington return for the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday with senior Gabe Klobosits taking the mound for the Tigers.