Ryan Tella hits for Auburn Indiana State vs Auburn on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 in Auburn, AL. - Lauren Barnard
After a rough start on Sunday afternoon, Auburn's bullpen didn't allow a hit in 7 1/3 innings and got just enough run support to win, 6-5, to improve to 6-1 after the second weekend of the year.
Rocky McCord got the start after going four pretty strong innings against Maine last weekend and never looked too in control of his stuff, leaving a lot of pitches up and getting hammered for it. A five-run Indiana State second answered Auburn's 3-0 lead after one, and McCord didn't make it past the first five outs. Justin Camp allowed a double to the first hitter he faced, but it was the last hit the Larry Birds would get all day.
Auburn struck early, as well, with the three-run first coming courtesy of three errors. It ended with Garrett Cooper being thrown out at home from right field after a Blake Austin single. Ryan Tella drove in two with a double in the second that tied the game at five where it sat until the fourth, when Dan Glevenyak doubled, getting on for the third time of the day, and scored on another Tella RBI hit.
After Auburn went up 6-5, not much happened, thanks mostly to Conner Kendrick. He relieved Camp in the sixth and finished out the game with a hitless 3 1/3 innings and a save.
Austin continued hitting well with a late double, and he helped the defense make no errors and hold Indiana State to nearly none of the running that they'd used effectively in their previous games. For Auburn on the basepaths, there were again no real compliments to be made, although, there was a failed stolen base attempt from Sam Gillikin and the Cooper out at the plate ending two different innings. Head coach John Pawlowski called for a couple of bunts Sunday, both with no outs. One came in the first with a runner on first, and it lead to Glevenyak reaching on the pitcher's error. Another lead to a strikeout for Gillikin in the eighth after a leadoff Austin double.
Auburn moves into the Tuesday matchup with Kennesaw State at 6-1.