Tigers Come Up Just Short Against Vandy

Vanderbilt's Aaron Westlake homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Commodores a 3-2 win over Auburn on Sunday.

Nashville, Tenn.--Auburn was a perfect 4-0 on Sundays in SEC play this season, but one swing of the bat took care of that as Aaron Westlake's solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Vanderbilt a 3-2 victory to win the series from the Tigers. The home run spoiled a tremendous outing for starter Grant Dayton as he pitched into the ninth before giving up the walk-off home run.

"Grant did a great job," Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. "I feel so bad for him and for our whole club. We battled hard today but we couldn't get anything going offensively. Their pitcher threw an outstanding game and there were two very good pitchers going at it toe-to-toe. One mistake and that's the difference."

Allowing a pair of runs in the second inning and two hits in the fifth, but other than that the junior was nearly untouchable on Sunday until Westlake's home run. He retired 10 consecutive Commodore hitters leading up to the ninth. The loss drops his record to 4-2 on the season while Auburn falls to 24-13 overall and 8-7 at the halfway point of the SEC schedule.

Vanderbilt starter Taylor Hill was just as dominant as he allowed just two runs in eight and two/thirds innings before giving way to reliever Richie Goodenow in the ninth. The Tigers did get something going early though as right fielder Justin Fradejas extended his hitting streak to 18 games in the first inning and came around to score on a Hunter Morris sacrifice fly.

Auburn extended its lead in the third inning when junior Trent Mummey hit his second home run of the weekend and the fifth of the season for the Tigers. He has now hit safely in all nine games he's play in this season.

Leading 2-0, Dayton would give up a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the third as a Brian Harris single scored Joe Loftus and Drew Fann to tie the game. With runners on, Dayton recovered to get out of the jam with the game tied. That's how things would remain until Westlake won it with one swing of the bat in the ninth.

Auburn returns home for its next five games, beginning Tuesday night against Troy at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Tuesday is Two For Tuesday where fans can buy one ticket and get on free, and it's also 50-cent Hot Dog Night at Plainsman Park.

Here are the updated SEC records through 15 games in the Southeastern Conference.

1. Arkansas 12-3
2. LSU 11-4
3. Auburn 8-7
4. Ole Miss 8-7
5. Alabama 5-10
5. Mississippi State 5-10

1. South Carolina 11-4
2. Florida 10-5
3. Vanderbilt 8-7
4. Kentucky 5-10
5. Tennessee 4-11
6. Georgia 3-12

This weekend's series for week six:

Kentucky at Auburn
Mississippi State at Alabama
Arkansas at Florida
South Carolina at Georgia
LSU at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Tennessee

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