Luke Jarvis (above) is congratulated following his grand slam homer.
Kennesaw, Ga.--Entering the fourth inning tied at 1-1 vs. Kennesaw State, the Auburn baseball team took command with 12 runs in the frame and coasted home with a 15-7 road win on Tuesday night.
Luke Jarvis, who led the offense with four hits, produced the big blow in the fourth inning, a grand slam homer, as the Tigers improved their record to 28-11.
“When everything is falling, it’s really nice,” Jarvis said. When asked about his home run, the shortstop said, “That may have been the furthest ball I’ve ever hit.” He had career-highs of four hits and five RBI.
Seven Kennesaw State pitchers allowed 15 hits as the Owls dropped to 17-20.
Christian Camacho (2-1) made his sixth start of the season and earned his second collegiate win. He pitched six innings, had four strikeouts, allowed no walks and one run. After Camacho exited the game, the Tigers struggled from the mound.
Christian Camacho was effective as a starter on Tuesday night.
“Good offense, solid defense and good starting pitching, that seems to be the recipe for us right now,” said Auburn coach Butch Thompson. His team’s defense stood strong for the first six innings, largely due to his starting pitcher.
“We had a bunch of good team at-bats in the fourth inning and then Jarvis had the big hit obviously,” the coach added. In that inning all nine players in the Auburn lineup scored a run.
Daniel Robert had a lead off walk to start Auburn’s memorable fourth inning. Blake Logan was walked two at bats later. Jarvis recorded his first hit of the inning and Josh Anthony followed with a single that would score Robert.
Bo Decker lined a shot to left field to reach first base to score Logan. Jeremy Johnson doubled and scored Decker. Jonah Todd then singled and scored after the next at bat after a Estes double.
Robert singled, Conor Davis was walked and Logan reached first due to a catcher’s interference to load the bases. Jarvis stepped up the plate and recorded his second hit of the inning, a grand slam. Auburn finished the inning leading the Owls 13-1.
The 12 runs were the most for the Tigers in a single inning since scoring the same number on May 7th, 2013 in the eighth inning vs. Jacksonville State in a 12-8 victory.
The Tigers got things going in the scoring ledger in the second inning. Davis reached first by a shot to right field. He stole second and was moved over to third thanks to a Jarvis single. Anthony hit a RBI shot to right field to score Davis for the first run of the contest.
Auburn continued its scoring in the eighth inning. Estes was walked and advanced to second off of a wild pitch and scored due to an Ingram double. Jarvis drove in Ingram the following at bat with another double.
Jarvis ended the night with three hits, five RBI and he drew a walk.
Gabe Klobosits took over on the mound in the seventh inning. He lasted an inning, gave up two hits and a run. He walked a batter and struck one out.
Daniel Sprinkle entered the game tasked with handling eighth inning. After getting one out, he allowed three runs after only facing four batters. After allowing a home run, Corey Herndon replaced Sprinkle. Caleb Coker finished the eighth inning for Auburn.
Ryan Watson pitched the ninth inning for Auburn and finished off the Owls, but not before Kennesaw State added two final runs.
Freshman Nathan Dupree started for the Owls. His evening ended in the fourth inning after giving up six hits and five runs.
"The offense, I feel like since Samford last week, has been doing a pretty good job," Thompson said. "The offense was great tonight.”
The Tigers play host to Arkansas with the top spot in the SEC West on the line at Plainsman Park with singles games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The series opener is set for a 6 p.m. CDT start.