Auburn starter Dexter Price earned the win for the Tigers, allowing five runs (four earned) in five and two/thirds innings on seven hits. He struck out three and walked just one while throwing 85 pitches.
Things started out a little shaky for Price as he allowed a run in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from Coleman Barron that scored Andrew Barna, but his offense would pick him up in the bottom of the inning as Tony Caldwell singled to lead things off and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Following a Wes Gilmer strikeout, Caldwell moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield single by catcher Caleb Bowen.
Tied at one, the game settled into a groove for the next inning and a half until Auburn broke things open momentarily in the bottom of the fourth. After committing a pair of errors in top of the inning only to have Price bail him out, third baseman Dan Gamache got things going with a single through the right side. Following a walk to Caldwell and both runners moving up on a wild pitch, Bryant singled down the right field line to score two and make it 3-1 Auburn.
That was just the start for the Tigers though as Gilmer singled to left and Bowen reached safely on a bunt down the third base line. On the play Lamb threw wildly to first attempting to retire Bowen. The error allowed Bryant to score and Gilmer to move to third with still nobody out. Another bunt single, this one by Justin Hargett, Gilmer for a 5-1 lead.
Moving with the pitch, Hargett stole second base to put a pair of runners into scoring position for the heart of the Auburn order. Lamb appeared to be working his way out of damage as he got Crede Simpson to pop up and struck out Hunter Morris for the second out, but Brian Fletcher came through in the clutch as his single to center field scored both runners to make it 7-1 Tigers.
That's how things would stay until the top of the sixth when Davidson would strike for four runs to get back in the game. With two outs and nobody on, Price hit Tommy Piacenza with a pitch and the floodgates were opened for the Wildcats. An infield single by Matt Ray brought Barron to the plate and he delivered again, this time with a blast over the left field wall for a three-run homer. A Morris error allowed Michael Goldberg to reach and he would eventually score when Caldwell's sliding attempt on a Sam Payne fly ball to right came up empty.
Now leading just 7-5, Auburn turned to its pitching to hang on to the win. With two outs and nobody on in the eighth, Ray walked consecutive hitters before closer Austin Hubbard finished things off in the inning with one pitch as Bowen picked the runner off first to end the threat.
In the ninth Hubbard hit Payne with a pitch to get the inning started on a bad note. Drew Gadaire then singled to right field to put the tying runs on base with nobody out. Following a sacrifice bunt, a groundout to Bryant at short scored Payne to make it 7-6, but Hubbard finished things off in style with a strikeout to earn his first save of the season.
Bowen led the Tigers with three hits while Hargett and Caldwell added two hits each. Fletcher and Bryant both added two RBI for the Tigers. On the mound Ray pitched two scoreless innings of relief while Hubbard gave up a run on a hit in one and one/thirds innings.
Auburn and Davidson will play game two of the doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.