College Station, Tex.--Missed opportunities were the story of the day for the No. 7 Auburn Tigers on Saturday as Coach Butch Thompson’s team left 10 on base and committed several base running errors in a 6-2 loss at Texas A&M.
With the loss Auburn falls to 24-9 overall and 8-3 in SEC play while the Aggies improve to 21-11, 4-7 in league action.
“I thought we had a chance to win this ballgame today,” Butch Thompson said. “I thought we were in it a little more than maybe the final score shows. I told them we had to go back and get our minds ready and it starts now.”
The return of junior pitcher Keegan Thompson to the mound didn’t work out as expected as he allowed three earned runs on four hits in four innings to take his first loss of the season. Relievers Ryan Watson, Christian Camacho and Calvin Coker gave up two runs on four hits in the final four innings to keep the Tigers in the game, but not enough offense was the culprit on Saturday.
"Keegan Thompson, I thought it looked like he had taken a week off," his coach said. "Man, his last three batters were his last three batters. He was healthy and he was good at the finish. I think if you talk to Keegan he wasn't executing the pitches in his mind that he wants to do and he's been doing all year. We saw it in the last three batters."
Things got started on the right foot with a three-run Blake Logan homer in the first to put the Tigers in front early, but Auburn missed a huge opportunity to possibly put the game away in the first two innings.
Following the Logan homer in the first the Tigers got a pair of hits with two outs and the Aggies also committed an error, but Josh Anthony was caught off the base to end the inning and keep the lead at just three.
In the second back-to-back singles by Luke Jarvis and Jay Estes with one out again gave the Tigers a great scoring opportunity, but Jarvis was caught stealing for the second out. It proved to be huge as both Jonah Todd and Daniel Robert walked to load the bases before a Logan fly ball ended the threat.
From that point forward it was all Aggies as Jorge Gutierrez got it started with a two-run double in the second inning off Thompson. A two-run homer by Hunter Coleman in the fourth put Texas A&M up for good and they would add insurance runs in the fifth and sixth to make the final 6-3.
Logan led the way for the Tigers with two hits and three RBI while Conor Davis, Jarvis and Robert all added a pair of hits.
Texas A&M starter Corbin Martin was charged with three runs in three innings. He walked five and struck out a pair. Kaylor Chafin (3-1) got the win out of the bullpen with 3.2 scoreless innings.
Freshman Davis Daniel gets the call for the Tigers on Sunday as they try to keep their series win streak going. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.