Auburn Takes Two From Brown

Auburn swept the Brown Bears in a rare Saturday doubleheader at Plainsman Park.

Auburn, Ala.--It wasn't perfect, but Auburn accomplished what it set out to do on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Brown at Plainsman Park to improve to 8-4 on the season.

Winning game one 9-4 and game two 6-4, the Tigers had strong performances on the mound and at the plate in pulling off the sweep said Coach John Pawlowski.

"We talked today about concentration and focus," Pawlowski said. "When you play 18 innings, regardless of who you play, you have to come ready to play. In that first ballgame today Jon Luke Jacobs did a great job today of going deep into the ballgame. We really needed that.

"The second game K.P. (Kevin Patterson) really stepped up. He had been struggling a little bit offensively. He's been working so hard and you really like to see a guy come through that has been working hard. We let him just DH and settle in. He had some quality at-bats for us. A great job by the bullpen. Bradley Hendrix and Austin Hubbard both did a really good job for us today."

In game one Jacobs was the story in earning his first career victory. Pitching seven scoreless innings, the redshirt freshman allowed just five hits and struck out four. Sean Ray came on and allowed four runs on six hits in two innings.

At the plate Joseph Sanders continued his torrid pace with three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI. Sophomore Wes Gilmer also added three hits while Trent Mummey, Brian Fletcher, and Casey McElroy all added two hits for the Tigers with Fletcher adding his fourth home run.

The Tigers got off to a rough start against Brown starter Mark Gormley as he struck out the first five Auburn hitters before they finally found a groove in the third. Sanders drove home the first run of the game as Bradley Ray scored from second on a double. Mummey was thrown out at the plate, but Auburn was up 1-0.

Auburn added two runs in the fourth on one swing of the bat as Tony Caldwell was hit by a pitch just before Fletcher's home run to right-center. The blast put Auburn up 3-0 and set the stage for a big fifth to put the game away.

Four more would cross the plate in the fifth as Mummey and Sanders had back to back doubles to open the inning with Mummey scoring to make it 4-0. A sacrifice bunt by Ben Jones moved Sanders to third and one out later the fun began. Consecutive singles by Gilmer, McElroy and Ray scored three more runs to make it a 7-0 lead. Auburn would cruise home from there for the victory.

In game two Auburn got off to a good start as Mummey led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run the opposite way. It was his sixth of the season to give the Tigers the early lead, but Brown would answer back with three in the top of the second off sophomore Ty Kelley. Giving up five hits in the inning, Kelley gave up a single run in the fourth to trail 4-1. For the game he allowed four earned runs on eight hits in four innings.

Auburn answered back in the bottom of the third as Fletcher doubled with two outs, Gilmer was hit by a pitch, and Patterson followed with a triple to cut the lead down to just one. A double by McElroy off the right field wall followed and just like that things were tied.

In the fifth Patterson added his second home run of the season to right field to break open the tie game. One inning later a Justin Hargett double set the table for Mummey as his single pushed across his fellow sophomore to make it 6-4 Auburn. Hendrix pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win while Hubbard picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth.

For the game Patterson was 3-3 and only a single away from hitting for the cycle. Mummey, Jones, Fletcher and catcher Caleb Bowen all had two hits for the Tigers in the game two win. Patterson said it was huge to get the sweep and for him to finally contribute offensively.

"It was great to get the win first off, but for me it has been a slow start to the season," Patterson said. "It was good to just get out there and relax and see the ball. When you're not going good you've got to keep working. You know you can hit, you've got to get out there and do it."

Auburn and Brown will play the final game of the four-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Tigers are listed as TBA on the mound.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

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