After scoring 26 runs the previous night against the Trojans, Auburn again brought out the whipping sticks as the Tigers pounded out 16 hits for the game led by sophomore catcher Tony Caldwell's 3-4 night. Coach John Pawlowski said it was a team effort and a big win for his club heading into a tough weekend series against Ole Miss.
"We really needed to go on the road and find a way to get a win," Pawlowski said. "Hopefully we can continue to carry this little momentum that we gained in the midweek. Any win that we can get, especially against a good Troy team, can really help us out."
On the mound six Auburn pitchers combined to allow just four hits to Troy, but nine walks and five hit batters made it a rough night on the mound for the Tigers. Reliever Michael Hurst got the win, allowing just one earned run in three innings of work. Closer Austin Hubbard picked up his 10th save after coming on in the eighth inning with the bases loaded.
"I think we gave up 14 free passes by either walk or hit by pitch and that's certainly disappointing," Pawlowski said. "I thought Michael Hurst came in there and settled things down a bit, but we had to bring Hub in there because it's 13-8 and they've got the bases loaded. He came in and got a ground ball and then finished off the ninth. I'm glad we had the chance to finish it off."
Auburn scored five runs through four innings, but broke the game open in the fifth. Things started with a Casey McElroy double and a Hunter Morris single before Brian Fletcher collected his second straight sac fly on the evening. A Ben Jones single put runners on first and second for Caldwell, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Dan Gamache drew a walk to drive in the second run of the inning before Wes Gilmer's second single of the night drove in a pair. Trent Mummey followed with his first hit of the night to drive in Gamache and then Justin Hargett walked to reload the bases. McElroy was then hit by a pitch and Morris singled in two before Fletcher closed out the scoring in the inning with Auburn's seventh hit of the inning.
For the game Mummey was 2-5 with a double and scored one run to up his total to 60 for the season. Morris extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-6 night at the plate. Auburn did all its damage without hitting a home run. It broke a streak of nine consecutive games with a homer for the Tigers.
Auburn returns to action this weekend at Plainsman Park as the Tigers take on Ole Miss in a three-game series. Game times for the series are 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday with a 1 p.m. start for Sunday's game. Both Saturday and Sunday will be shown live on CSS.