Jeroloman's Heroics Allow AU To Register Sweep

The Tigers won a pair of baseball games at Ole Miss on Sunday with strong pitching and timely hitting.

Oxford, Miss.--Chuck Jeroloman's two-out, two-run homer in Auburn's last chance to win the game propelled the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over Ole Miss to enable the Tigers to sweep a pair of baseball games on Sunday.

The Rebels, ranked fifth nationally and the top team in the SEC going into the series, fell to 8-4 in the conference and 26-6 overall. Auburn improved to 6-6 in the SEC and 24-10 overall.

Ole Miss and Arkansas are tied for first place in the division. LSU is also 6-6 in the West, Mississippi State is 5-7 and Alabama, where Auburn plays next weekend, is last in the division at 4-8.

Steven Register, who picked up the victory in Auburn's 2-1 victory in the first of the two seven-inning games on Sunday, picked up the save by pitching one inning of relief for Arnold Hughey, who earned the win. Register allowed a pair of singles in his one inning, but got Alex Presley to hit a ground ball to Jeroloman to end the threat.

Jerolman had five hits in eight at-bats in the doubleheader and was 3-4 with two runs scored in the second game.

Steven Register picked up his seventh save of the season.

Auburn threatened in the opening inning, loading the bases with one out, but neither Tug Hulett nor Ben Sprague could drive anybody home. The Rebels took the lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Chris Coghlan.

Auburn responded with a run in the top of the third inning. Jeroloman got the action started with a one-out single. He moved to second base with two outs when Josh Bell was hit by a pitch. Tug Hulett then nailed a pitch through the middle for a single to tie the game at 1-1. After a walk to Sprague, the threat was ended when Derek Sain hit a popup to third base.

The Rebels regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Charlie Babineaux smacked a leadoff homer. There was no more scoring until the dramatic seventh inning.

The Rebels pulled their starter, lefty Eric Fowler, to open the final inning and brought in closer Brian Pettway in hopes of taking a series win. The Rebels won the first game 6-1 on Friday.

Catcher Mike Hnykta, filling in for injured Josh Sullivan, opened the inning with a ground ball single to left. However, an attempt to bunt him to second base failed when Ben Maitland hit a popup for out one. Sean Gamble then hit a fly ball out to left field leaving Jeroloman the last hope.

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The shortstop drilled a homer over the left field fence on a first pitch fastball to give the Tigers are 3-2 lead. It was his fifth homer of the season and gave AU its first series win in Oxford since the 1996 season.

Register quickly got the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh, but singles by Matt Tolbert and Stephen Head gave the home team hope. However, the rally fell short when Pettway hit a ground ball to Jeroloman, who flipped it to second base to wrap up the victory.

"Our kids battled all day and we came up with a pair of big wins," Coach Steve Renfroe said. "It was great baseball. We played well and did all the little things."

Starter Arnold Hughey allowed just one earned run and six hits in six innings as he improved his record to 5-1 this season.

Renfroe said, "Our pitchers were good all day," Renfroe said. "We made great plays and played excellent defense."

Saturday night's game was postponed by rain until Sunday and the Tigers won the first game of the doubleheader 2-1 with a strong pitching performance by Josh Bell.

The Tigers return to action on Tuesday with a non-conference game at South Alabama at 6 p.m. at Stankey Field in Mobile.

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