Intentional Walkoff

Auburn was intentionally walking Austin Anderson with no outs in the thirteenth inning and the game tied 5-5. Anderson would have none of it. How about a walkoff three-run homer for an 8-5 Rebel win?


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That's what happened to end the more than four-hour game on Friday night of Grove Bowl weekend.

Anderson, 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored – and two previous intentional walks - launched one to right field to end it.

Quoting The Rebels

Austin Anderson on two previous intentional walks and a potential third one: "The third time they intentionally walked me, they tried to get one by me and I was trying to hit a sac fly (with runners on) second and third and no outs. And I squared it up."

Anderson on his reaction: "I just knew the game was over. I was watching it out and it went over the fence, which made it better. Everyone wanted to win it and go home, and get ready for the next day. It was a great team win."

Aaron Greenwood, who pitched 4.2 innings in relief of starter Chris Ellis: "It was fun. It's not about just me. It's about the whole team. Anderson's hit? That was the craziest thing I've ever seen in my life."

Greenwood on the team needing a win: "This is baseball. Everybody struggles and goes through slumps. We had five errors but we pulled it together and played great."

Greenwood on his performance, now with 19 and a third consecutive scoreless innings, after a slower start to the season than expected: "There's not really any change. Just staying with the process. The coaches believe in me, and that helps me out."

Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco: "It was almost like two different games. We started off so bad, just horrendous in the field. Chris Ellis really competed and kept it close. It could have got ugly with that many errors and that many base runners. Our offense really took over late in the game. We tied it back up. After that, we played great defense. Nice to come out on the right end of it."

Bianco on Greenwood: "Especially in SEC play he's been dominant. He's given us big outings, long outings. He was really efficient, only around 50 pitches or so."

Bianco on the pitch to Anderson: "I guess he just left it over the plate. (Anderson) was ready. He had been intentionally walked two times. I've seen it before (a hit to win it on an intentional walk). I've seen Stephen Head do it. But I've never seen somebody get a home run."

The Game

Auburn (19-12, 5-5 SEC) got a run in the first and a run in the fifth for a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, a hit by pitch for Sikes Orvis got something going for the Rebels (23-8, 5-5). Preston Overbey drove him in from third with two outs by dropping a single right over the outstretched arms of the Tiger second baseman to cut the AU lead to 2-1.

Errol Robinson then singled up the middle to get Overbey to third. Braxton Lee then singled to score Overbey with a single to left field.


Anderson rounds the bases after walkoff to beat Auburn
Bruce Newman

Auston Bousfield then grounded out to leave things tied 2-2 after five complete.

A Blake Austin double in the sixth scored two Auburn runs after a couple had reached to put the Tigers up 4-2. Keegan Thompson then drove in a run with a two-out single to left to make it 5-2.

Chris Ellis' night was done at that point, and Aaron Greenwood came in to get the final out of the sixth.

In the Rebel seventh, Will Jamison singled up the middle and Holt Perdzock walked. After Robinson and Lee struck out, Bousfield grounded out to third.

Tiger starter Dillon Ortman was pulled in favor of reliever Jay Wade to start the eighth. Austin Anderson led off the inning with a single. Will Allen doubled to put runners on second and third. Orvis doubled to score Anderson to cut the AU lead to 5-3.

J.B. Woodman then drove in Allen with an infield single and it was 5-4. Jamison flew out to center field to get Orvis home to tie things 5-5.

John Gatlin was out at first on a grounder to shortstop as Woodman moved to second with two away. Robinson then struck out.

After Greenwood kept Auburn at bay, Braxton Lee led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left. Bousfield then sac bunted him to second.

Anderson was intentionally walked, and up came Allen. But the senior catcher struck out swinging. So it was up to Orvis, who also struck out swinging.

After neither team scored in the tenth, Auburn got a leadoff single from Austin. After Damon Haecker grounded out to Greenwood to move Austin to second, Josh Laxer replaced Greenwood on the mound.

Keegan Thompson grounded out to shortstop to move Austin to third. Sam Gillikin then was called out on batter interference.

Robinson singled the first pitch of the eleventh. Lee sac bunted him to second. Bousfield lined out to the Tiger shortstop, and Anderson was intentionally walked. Allen came up and again struck out.

Laxer, who is now 2-0 with the win, gave up a couple of hits in the twelfth but no damage.

Woodman singled up the middle after there was an out in the Rebel twelfth. Jamison then singled to right.

John Gatlin strolled to the plate, swung at the first pitch, and the ball got past the catcher as runners moved to second and third. Gatlin lined out to shortstop and Woodman was thrown out at home.

Gatlin stole second uncontested, and two runners were in scoring position. Robinson then flew out to center field to send it to the thirteenth.

A one-out double by Haecker put the Tigers in position for the lead. Thompson grounded out to third. Gillikin grounded out to third.

Lee singled to lead off the Rebel thirteenth. Bousfield doubled under the glove of the Tiger center fielder. That's when Anderson strolled up to walk. But instead he drove it out of the park for the victory. The pitcher who threw it, reliever Jay Wade? He got the loss and is now 3-1.

The two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday.


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