"We didn't compete," Auburn‘s John Pawlowski said. "You don't have to have base hits, but fighting off pitches and giving us quality at bats and we just didn't have many of those today. We weren't able to build any innings, we weren't able to get leadoff guys on and we hit a lot of fly balls. The offense has to be creative and if we don't hit the home runs it makes it very difficult."
Auburn starter Dexter Price allowed five runs in just three and two/thirds innings, the shortest outing of his career to this point. The story on the mound for the Tigers was reliever Scott Shuman. Shuman threw the second-longest relief outing of his career, throwing four scoreless innings to keep Auburn within striking distance. In four innings, he allowed five base runners on four hits and a walk while striking out three.
"I thought Scott did a great job. He came in there and threw a lot of strikes and pitched with a passion." Pawlowski said. "His slider was really good and I was encouraged by that. His last three outings have been pretty impressive and we can continue to get that from him, it will be a big boost for the pitching staff."
Unfortunately it was too little, too late for the Auburn Tigers as the damage was already done. Doubles by David Doss in the first and third innings gave South Alabama (15-19) a quick 2-0 lead. The Jaguars added three more runs in the fifth to break open the game before Auburn finally got on the board.
The Tigers loaded the bases with one out before reliever D.D. Hanks came on for LaGrow. Trent Mummey drove in the first run on a fielder's choice scoring Casey McElroy. Joseph Sanders then scored Chez McCann with a RBI single. It was Sanders' 50th RBI of the season and he needs just two more to equal his total from last year. That would be all though as the Tigers fell to the Jaguars.
The two teams will play the second half of the home-and-home Wednesday night at Plainsman Park in Auburn at 6pm. All tickets to the game are just two dollars and tickets purchased for the originally scheduled April 14 game between the two teams will be honored.