Auburn Blasts GSU In The Return Of Mummey

Auburn pounded Georgia State 22-7 Tuesday night at Plainsman Park and hit four home runs in the process.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn pounded out 24 hits Tuesday night and scored a pile of runs in the process as the Tigers bombed visiting Georgia State 22-7 to improve to 19-10 on the season.

Second baseman Justin Hargett led the way with four hits and five RBI while fellow junior Trent Mummey was back and in midseason form after missing the entire baseball season to this point.

Back in action after missing the first seven weeks of the season because of a high ankle injury, Mummey came on for Kevin Patterson in the DH role during the game and swung the bat well in his first playing time of the season with a three-run homer in the eighth inning, a single, and a sacrifice fly for an RBI. He said it was just good to get back on the field and into the swing of things.

"It was probably one of the happiest moments of my life," Mummey said. "Before the game the coaches told me they were probably going to get me in to pinch-hit in the DH role. Baseball is a humbling sport. When you go down with an injury you just have to regroup. My friends and family picked me up.

"The team was really helpful with everything," Mummey added. "It was just great to lace up the spikes and be out there on the field."

While Mummey will get a lot of talk for his performance, Hargett was the glue for the Tigers on this night as he had clutch hits time and time again in the victory. Despite hitting ninth in the Auburn order, his five RBI led the team and it's something he said just comes with the territory with this lineup.

"I think in every spot in the lineup you have a chance to get RBI because all of the guys are always on base," Hargett said. "We've got such a dominant offense that I always have a chance to get RBI."

Justin Hargett had a huge night for the Tigers.

The Tigers did all that without coach John Pawlowski on the bench. Suspended by rule after pitcher Grant Dayton hit an Alabama batter with a pitch and was thrown out of the game, Pawlowski turned the reigns over to pitching coach Scott Foxhall and the Tigers didn't miss a beat. Foxhall said it all came from the mindset of the team to hit the ground running this week.

"We talked before the game about remembering what happened last week," Foxhall said. "We came off an emotional weekend with South Carolina, winning that Sunday game, and it was a letdown on Tuesday when we played at Troy. We didn't feel like we brought our 'A' game. Tonight I felt like we played a good baseball game."

The Tigers got on the board first against the visiting Panthers in the bottom of the first as Hunter Morris was hit by a pitch with two outs to put things in motion. Up next, Tony Caldwell hit a soft liner to the shortstop that bounced in front of and off him into center field. That left runners on the corners for third baseman Dan Gamache and he came through with a soft single through the left side. The hit scored Morris to make it 1-0 Auburn.

Georgia State answered in the top of the second off Auburn starter Dexter Price as a leadoff walk came back to haunt the sophomore as Carl Moniz singled home Bradley Logan later in the inning with one out to tie the game.

Auburn answered that in a big way in the bottom of the third inning thanks to the long ball. Leading off, center fielder Justin Fradejas lifted a fly ball just down the right field line for a double to get the inning off to a good start. That brought Brian Fletcher to the plate and the junior broke the tie with a moon shot to left field that just got over the wall for a homer. It was his 10th of the season and made it 3-1 Tigers.

It wasn't over yet though as, following a Morris pop up, Caldwell got a pitch to drive and deposited it over the monster in left field for home run number six. Gamache then hit a drive that bounced off the warning track and over the wall for a double. Unfortunately that's where he would stay as a pair of strikeouts brought the inning to a close with Auburn up 4-1.

The Panthers got one back in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly, but Auburn would again get it back in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff walk to Creede Simpson was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Hargett and a wild pitch to put Simpson on third with just one out. Following a Justin Fradejas strikeout, Morris delivered with a single to right field to push the lead back to three.

Price wouldn't make it out of the fifth though as the Panthers rallied with two outs and nobody on base. It all started with an infield single by Logan and a walk to Georgia State's top hitter, Ryan Fleming.

Another single loaded the bases for Moniz and Price finished off his outing by walking a run in to cut the lead down to 5-3. That would bring on Ray in relief and he would get out of the inning with just another run on the board.

Now up just one the Tigers got the bats going again in the fifth as Gamache walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bryant. A Kevin Patterson pop up for out number two put the pressure on, but Auburn responded as a Simpson walk brought Hargett to the dish and once again the junior came through. This time his single to right field followed by an error scored two runs to make it 7-4. The second double of the night by Fradejas then put the Tigers back in front by four.

In the sixth three consecutive hits loaded the bases with nobody out and following a pop up, Mummey got his first at-bat of the season and lifted a fly ball to center field for a sacrifice fly and his first RBI. A walk to Simpson loaded the bases for Hargett and again the second baseman came through with a single. That scored two more and gave the Tigers a commanding 11-4 advantage.

Following a single run by Georgia State, Auburn put up a five-spot in the seventh with the big blow coming from Bryant as he unloaded on his fifth homer of the season to put three on the board for the Tigers. Mummey singled and scored on a double by Hargett to make it 16-5.

Auburn added six runs in the eighth inning to put the game away highlighted by a three-run shot off the bat of Mummey. It put the cap on a huge offensive night as seven different players had at least two hits in the win. Georgia State finished off the scoring with a two-run homer off freshman Garrett Bush to make the final 22-7 Tigers.

Auburn returns to action Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as the Tigers face South Alabama at Plainsman Park. This weekend Auburn takes on LSU in a key Western Division race also at home.

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