Auburn Falls 4-1 At Georgia To End Winning Streak

Auburn saw its nine game baseball winning streak snapped on Saturday in a 4-1 loss at Georgia.

Athens, Ga.--A lack of clutch hitting doomed the Auburn Tigers on Saturday as Coach Butch Thompson’s club left 11 men stranded base in a 4-1 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.

With the setback Auburn falls to 19-6 overall and 4-1 in SEC play.

Pitching seven innings and allowing three earned runs on nine hits and striking out five, sophomore Casey Mize took his first loss of the season. Reliever Gabe Klobosits pitched the final two innings, allowing a run in the eighth on one hit. A hit batter and a wild pitch set up the insurance run.

“Casey Mize was great again today," Thompson said. "He threw a full outing and gave us everything he had. Again, we walked only one batter...“I just thought he battled.”

The story of the game was a lack of production from Auburn’s offense. Despite getting nine hits and having runners on base almost every inning, the Tigers went just 4-20 with runners on base and 2-12 with runners in scoring position to see their winning streak end at nine games.

“We just didn’t get that big hit we have been getting,” Thompson said.

“Our situational hitting, a few times we could have moved runners over and we did not," he noted. "In that two-run inning they had a chopper hit right in front and get over our head. We had been getting a lot of those breaks and stuff. It just didn’t come.”

Early on things looked good for the Tigers as they took the lead after three scoreless innings. Leading off the fourth, Josh Anthony singled and stole second to move into scoring position for Damon Haecker. Auburn’s veteran utility man that was behind the plate on Saturday, Haecker singled to score Anthony and put the Tigers in front.

It wouldn’t last long however as Georgia game back with a pair of runs to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Escaping damage with a pair of double plays the first three innings, Mize wouldn’t be as fortunate this time around.

With one out Georgia’s Keegan McGovern continued his hot hitting with a single to left field. When Michael Curry followed with a double that left runners on second and third for the Bulldogs with just one out. Mize got out number two on a fly ball that was deep enough to score McGovern and when Aaron Shunk singled to center field it gave Georgia the lead but not without some controversy.

Coming up throwing in center field, Jonah Todd threw a strike to the plate that was in time to cut down Curry for the third out. Only the play was video reviewed and overturned, meaning Georgia was in front 2-1.

With Auburn’s struggles at the plate Georgia was able to add some insurance runs late with a single run in both the sixth and eighth innings.

Todd and Haecker led Auburn with two hits each on the day.

The Tigers will try for the series win on Sunday with freshman Davis Daniel taking the mound for the noon central time start.

“This will be a great battle, especially with them getting their first (SEC) win and being at home," Thompson said. "We will have to come out and play hard.”


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