*** From Rick Stupak of UM athletics media relations:
AUBURN, Ala. - Karl Amonite went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and Ben Sprague went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead Auburn past No. 18 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) Ole Miss 12-4, and clinching this weekend's three-game Southeastern Conference series Saturday evening, in front of 3,090 at Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park.
Auburn scored three runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Sprague's two-run double to score Amonite and Josh Donaldson tied the game at 2-2, and Sprague scored a batter later on Adam Stacey's RBI single.
Jeff Boutwell hit a two-run double in the third, scoring Josh Bell and Amonite, to extend the lead to 5-2, and Auburn added two more runs in the fifth to make it 7-2.
After the Rebels cut the lead to 7-4, the Tigers iced the game with a five-run seventh, capped by a three-run double by Tyler Johnstone to make it 12-4.
Junior right-hander Josh Sullivan (7-4) worked six innings to earn the win. He was charged with four runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks and struck out three.
Junior left-hander Matt Maloney (5-2) was charged with the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and one walk, while striking out four.
Bell also had three hits for the Tigers as Auburn out-hit Ole Miss 15-8 on the evening.
Brian Pettway went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, and Chris Coghlan went 2-for-3 to lead the Rebels at the plate. Pettway hit his 15th home run of the year with a solo shot in the first to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
Mark Wright also homered for Ole Miss, hitting his 12th of the season with a solo shot in the sixth to cut the Tigers' lead to 7-3.
The Rebels will look to salvage the final game of the series when the two teams meet Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Junior left-hander Eric Fowler (3-2, 3.52 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Rebels. The Tigers have yet to announce a starter.
Quotes compiled by Sam Wells for the Ole Miss Spirit:
Brian Pettway - "They got the hits and runs, and we couldn't hit the ball. Auburn is a good team. We just have to keep it together and come out and play well Sunday. Tomorrow is another day. We have to just focus on that one game."
Mike Bianco - "They just outplayed us tonight. This was really our worst loss of the year when you consider how much they scored and how little we scored. It started off good for us offensively and it looked like it might be a good offensive night for us. But we had no answer for their bats tonight."
Auburn rips Ole Miss to win series
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