Auburn 6, Samford 2: Tigers rally late to win in Homewood

Lauren Barnard

Auburn scored five runs after the sixth inning and grabbed its 16th come-from-behind win this season.

After consecutive SEC series wins, Auburn began a two-week road trip with a Tuesday night visit to Samford. The Tigers rallied for two runs in the seventh and three in the ninth to take a 6-1 win.

Auburn (23-14, 5-10 SEC) went with usual weekend reliever Trey Cochran-Gill, while the Bulldogs (19-19, 8-10 SoCon) countered with Eric Wright (3-2). For the Tigers, it was a steady diet of two-plus innings and up to 40 or 50 pitches for TCG and relievers Chase Williamson, Dillon Ortman (2-1) and Justin Camp (two saves). Camp's three innings, eleven batters faced and 58 pitches led the way for the Tiger arms, and all pitched rather well. Camp earned the save, throwing three near-perfect frames and allowing just two eighth-inning walks.

Williamson and Ortman each allowed a solo homer to Samford, the second giving the home team a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Damek Tomscha went deep to tie it 2-2 in the top half of the seventh, then Hunter Kelley scored on a single by Ryan Tella that gave Auburn the lead for good. Cullen Wacker connected for a two-run double in the ninth, before Blake Austin drove him in with his fourth hit of the night.

Auburn now visits No. 10 Mississippi State for a three-game set beginning Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Box score, via auburntigers.com

Auburn 6 (23-14)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Ryan Tella cf 5 1 1 2 0 1 4 0 0 .311
Jordan Ebert 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 2 0 .298
Tanner Cimo 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
Cullen Wacker lf 5 1 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 .331
Garrett Cooper 1b 5 0 2 0 0 1 9 0 4 .336
Blake Austin c 5 0 4 1 0 0 6 0 0 .325
Patrick Savage dh 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .222
Damek Tomscha 3b 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 .254
Hunter Kelley rf 2 2 1 0 3 1 2 0 2 .262
Mitchell Self ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 .235
Trey Cochran-Gill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Chase Williamson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 -
Dillon Ortman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Justin Camp p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 39 6 14 6 3 7 27 10 11

Samford 2 (19-19)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Zeth Stone 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .264
Christiaan Durdaller cf 4 1 1 1 0 1 4 0 0 .310
C.K. Irby dh/1b 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .372
Phillip Ervin lf/p 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 .358
Caleb Bryson 1b/lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 5 .264
Charles Terry p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Patrick Maronde p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Drew McWhorter c 4 0 1 0 0 1 7 0 0 .280
Tommy Corbin 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .318
Brandon Haarer rf 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 .270
Frankie Navarrete ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .243
Eric Wright p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Patrick McGavin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .244
Andres Gracia p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 32 2 6 2 3 6 27 9 6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Auburn.............. 000 010 203 -  6 14  1
Samford............. 001 010 000 -  2  6  2
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E - Austin, B.(3); Durdaller(1); McWhorter(7). DP - Auburn 1. LOB - Auburn 11; SAM 6. 2B - Wacker, C. 2(11); Austin, B.(10); Kelley, H.(6). HR - Tomscha, D.(3); Durdaller(8); Haarer(1). SH - Ebert, J.(4); Self, M.(2). SB - Kelley, H.(1).

Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Trey Cochran-Gill 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 4 23 2.36
Chase Williamson 2.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 9 10 2 2 42 4.15
Dillon Ortman W,2-1 2.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 3 3 18 4.21
Justin Camp S,2 3.0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 9 11 5 1 58 1.67
Samford ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Eric Wright L,3-2 6.0 8 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 24 27 9 6 92 4.58
Patrick McGavin 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 13 5.24
Andres Gracia 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 5.40
Phillip Ervin 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 5 1 2 14 1.12
Charles Terry 0.2 4 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 7 1 0 22 7.43
Patrick Maronde 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 5.24

Win - Ortman, D. (2-1). Loss - Wright (3-2). Save - Camp, J. (2). WP - Wright(2). Inherited runners/scored: McGavin 2/1; Gracia 2/0; Maronde 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Cochran-Gill 23/15; Williamson,C 42/25; Ortman, D. 18/13; Camp, J. 58/31; Wright 92/53; McGavin 13/9; Gracia 5/3; Ervin 14/7; Terry 22/15; Maronde 6/3.

Umpires -
Start: 6:00 Time: 2:41 Attendance: 1906
Weather: 80; Partly Cloudy; SE 9 MPH
Wright faced 3 batters in the 7th.

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