Baseball Drops Series Opener to Auburn, 7-5
May 14, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn scored six runs in its final two at-bats to post a 7-5 win over the Alabama baseball team in the first game of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader from Plainsman Park on Saturday. With the loss, Alabama falls to 30-21 overall and 12-13 in SEC play, while the Tigers improve to 27-23 overall and 12-13 in conference action.
With the Crimson Tide leading 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Auburn scored four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-2 lead. After Alabama answered with three runs in the top of the eighth, the Tigers scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to take the series opener and move into a tie for third place in the SEC West with Alabama.
Auburn reliever Dillon Ortman got the final six outs for the Tigers to earn the win and improve to 2-1 on the year. Adam Windsor took the loss for Alabama to fall to 3-2 on the season. Alabama starting pitcher Nathan Kilcrease threw 6.0 innings, allowing four earned on eight hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks, but did not factor into the decision.
Brett Booth paced the Tide offense with his first three-hit game of his career, as Alabama finished the game with 10 hits against two Tiger pitchers. Booth scored two runs and had one RBI. Brock Bennett notched his team-leading 23rd multiple hit game of the season as he was 2-for-5 with a run scored.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Alabama scored two runs on three straight hits to take a 2-0 lead. The seventh double of the season by Booth started the rally and was followed by an RBI single by Patrick McGavin, his third run batted in of the year. Hunter Gregory followed with the Tide's second double of the inning, plating McGavin from second.
Auburn looked to answer in the bottom of the second, but after a pair of two out singles put runners on the corners, Kilcrease struck out Justin Fradejas on three pitches to end the inning. The Tigers got a run back in the third with a one-out solo home run on a 3-0 pitch to center field by Casey McElroy, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Tide.
The Tigers scored four times before the Tide recorded an out, and eventually batted around, in the seventh inning. Adam Windsor, the fourth pitcher of the inning for Alabama, came in with the base loaded and retired the three hitters he faced and keep the Tigers' lead at 5-2.
Alabama answered with three runs in the top of the eighth, with the tying run coming on a pinch-hit double by Brett Whitaker, scoring Booth from first. Bennett singled and Jared Reaves doubled to open the inning, and after a pitching change for Auburn, Ortman struck out Austen Smith for the first out of the inning. An infield ground out by Andrew Miller plated Bennett and Booth extended the inning when he out-hustled Ortman to first base on a ground ball to first base for an RBI single.
Jon Kenton returned to the field for the first time since March 26, after he broke his foot after being hit by a pitch in game two of the series against Kentucky. Kelton entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning as a defensive replacement at first base.
Auburn loaded the bases again in the eighth inning before scoring two runs to take a 7-5 lead. The runs came across on a ground ball that plated Fradejas for the eventual winning run. A throwing error by Reaves, trying to throw out Fradejas at home, allowed Brooks Beisner to score the second run.