Auburn Struggles In Tuesday Loss To South Alabama

Auburn struggled on the mound and at the plate in a 14-3 loss to South Alabama on Tuesday night.

Auburn, Ala. --Coach Butch Thompson and the Auburn Tigers continue to struggle to find pitching depth and it showed again on Tuesday in a 14-3 rain-shortened loss to South Alabama at Plainsman Park.

Using six different pitchers in just seven innings of work, Auburn gave up 14 runs on 17 hits and walked seven in the loss to fall to 9-4 on the season.

Much of that came from the bullpen after freshman Christian Camacho gave the Tigers a solid start with four scoreless innings in his first career start. With the game scoreless heading to the fifth he ran into his first trouble when Eddie Paparella led off with a solo homer to put the Jaguars in front.

Following a four-pitch walk Camacho was replaced by Elliot Anderson on the mound and that opened the door for South Alabama to break the game open.  Allowing four runs in two thirds of an inning, Thompson gave Grant Warner an opportunity to make his debut for the Tigers.  Warner finished the inning after giving up two hits to the Jaguars.  

The sixth inning was another tough one for Auburn pitchers.  The Jaguars scored five more runs and extended their lead to 11 before the Tigers finally got something going at the plate.

Jonah Todd reached base on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second base to get the rally going before Daniel Robert walked to put Auburn in business.  A Dylan Ingram single scored Todd to put an Auburn run on the board.  Josh Anthony then raked a double to knock in Ingram and Robert to give Auburn its three runs on the day.  

Kevin Davis pitched a strong eighth inning to finish the night off in a positive fashion even though it won’t count as the game was called before the end of the inning.  

Auburn managed just five hits in seven innings with Anthony putting up two of those for the Tigers.

The Tigers will face Kennesaw State at three o’clock tomorrow at Plainsman Park.

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