Atlanta, Ga.--The first game away from Plainsman Park this season didn’t impact the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday as they totaled 11 hits, including six doubles, in a 7-4 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The win improves Auburn to 18-5 on the season and makes it eight straight for Coach Butch Thompson’s club.
Christian Camacho was Auburn’s starting pitcher and he went four and one/third innings, allowing three hits and one run in his third consecutive quality midweek start. Getting the win was Calvin Coker even though he pitched got just two outs in the fifth.
Corey Herndon pitched one and one/third innings, allowing three runs on a pair of Georgia Tech home runs. . Ryan Watson and Cole Lipscomb shut the door on the Yellow Jackets with two and two/thirds scoreless innings to finish off the win. For Lipscomb it was his fourth save of the year.
“Once we got up and worked and played good baseball and got up seven runs, they hit three home runs,” Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. “No lead is safe here. It’s a very offensive ballpark. This was probably the best offensive club we have faced thus far. You never felt like any lead was safe. Then Cole [Lipscomb] came in and did a good job there in the ninth.”
Auburn got on the board in the third inning with two doubles after not registering a hit in the first two innings. Freshman Conor Davis was the first to make solid contact with a blast to the right field wall. Davis would score by way of the second double in the inning courtesy of Jonah Todd and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers were able to generate more offense in the following inning. Jay Estes and Daniel Robert started the frame by reaching on walks. A Blake Logan fly out was enough to advance Estes to third base. Davis’ second hit of the day, this one a single, scored both of Auburn’s base runners to put Auburn up 3-0.
In the fifth, a Will Holland single and a double from Todd set up Estes at the plate. He doubled and scored two to help Auburn’s run count reach four. In the sixth, Auburn capped its four inning scoring streak. Luke Jarvis got things going with a single. He scored off of a double by Holland. Bowen McGuffin singled and brought Holland home.
Georgia Tech stayed alive by way of three home runs. Luckily for Auburn, two of those were of the solo variety. The third and final home run scored two Yellow Jackets in the seventh inning but it wouldn’t be enough.
The SEC Freshman of the Week, Holland continued his hot streak in Atlanta. He had two hits, including a double, and was hit by a pitch. He also batted in a run. Todd had two doubles on Tuesday and also drove in a run.
The Tigers return to SEC play this weekend as they face Georgia in a three game series in Athens.