Tigers take both games in double header, clinch fourth-straight series victory
The Auburn Tigers (29-19-1, 13-13 SEC) won both games in Friday’s doubleheader against the Ole Miss Rebels (25-25, 6-20 SEC) to clinch their fourth consecutive series win. The Tigers won the first game by a score of 16-4 in eight innings and the second game by a score of 8-2.
Sophomore right-hander Chase Allsup got the start for Auburn in the first game and allowed three runs off of four hits, walked one batter and struck one out in 2.1 innings of work. Junior left-hander Tanner Bauman picked up the win in a 3.1-inning outing in which he allowed no runs off of three hits and struck two batters out.
Junior left-hander Xavier Rivas got the start for Ole Miss in the first game and ended up with the loss in a 2.1-inning effort in which he gave up six runs off of seven hits, walked two batters and struck five out.
The Rebels got the scoring started in the first inning, but a four-run rally in the second inning put the Tigers in front and they never looked back. Auburn was able to put runs across in all but two innings as Ole Miss struggled to find its footing at the plate.
Auburn had four players with multiple hits in the first game. Junior shortstop Cole Foster went 4-5 with four runs batted in, a double and two home runs. Fifth-year outfielder Kason Howell went 4-4 with four runs batted in and four doubles. Redshirt senior right fielder Bobby Peirce went 3-6 with a double. Junior second baseman Caden Green went 2-2 with three runs batted in. Senior catcher Nate LaRue hit the only other home run for the Tigers in the 16-4 run-rule victory over the Rebels.
Graduate left-hander Tommy Vail got the start and picked up the win for Auburn in the second game. Vail tossed eight innings and allowed only one run off of two hits, walked one batter and struck out six.
Freshman right-hander JT Quinn got the start for Ole Miss and ended up with the loss in an outing that lasted 2.2 innings and saw three runs off of three hits, four walks and five strikeouts.
Howell reached on an error in the second inning which allowed senior third baseman Bryson Ware to score for Auburn’s first run of the game. A steady flow of offense kept the Tigers in front.
The Rebels’ two runs came from an RBI double by junior right fielder Kemp Alderman in the fourth inning and a sac-fly hit by junior shortstop Jacob Gonzalez in the ninth inning.
The Tigers had five players with multiple hits in the second game. Foster, Peirce, Ware and LaRue all went 2-5. Freshman designated hitter Ike Irish went 2-4 with three runs batted in and a home run.
The final game of the series is set for Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
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