Auburn 4, Southern Miss 3 (11): Kody Ortman walk-off single caps comeback

Auburn was silent at the plate for seven-plus innings against a strong USM squad in Mobile, but the Tigers used a three-run eighth and a walk-off single to pick up a second win in two days.

At Mobile's Hank Aaron Stadium, Auburn showed a ton of heart on a night when nothing was going the Tigers' way to pull out a 4-3, 11-inning, come-from-behind win against Southern Miss Wednesday.

Auburn defeated a top-80 RPI Golden Eagles squad and improved to 15-6 before this weekend's series against No. 3 LSU at Baton Rouge.

Apparently inspired by the Miami Heat's concurrent roll-over-and-play-dead-then-kick-ass approach, the Tigers put up three hits and hit or struck out into three double plays over the opening seven innings, then won thanks to late substitute Kody Ortman's single to left that scored Garrett Cooper.

The Golden Eagles (8-12) started Jake Drehoff who was 0-3 with a near 7,00 ERA against Auburn's Trey Cochran-Gill, making his first start this season. Drehoff had lost to Missouri State, La-Lafayette and Central Arkansas (1/3 IP, 6 ER) this season, but he came out sharp early against the Tigers, keeping his side on top for most of the game.

USM used one of two early errors to score an unearned run in the third and tripled the lead in the top of the eighth off reliever Terrance Dedrick, but Auburn came alive in the bottom half of the inning. Damek Tomscha reached on an error by Golden Eagles left fielder Michael Sterling, Dan Glevenyak was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter J.D. Crowe walked to load the bases with two outs for McGill-Toolen grad Cullen Wacker. Wacker picked up the inning's first hit, and it was a huge one. A bases-clearing double to right center on the first pitch of the at-bat against reliever Bradley Roney tied the game.

After letting a run score on a wild pitch and giving up a single, Conner Kendrick threw 3 1/3 perfect innings, allowing Auburn time to work out the remaining kinks at the plate as the game turned over into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Cooper drew a leadoff walk, Patrick Savage was intentionally walked, Tomscha fouled out and Ortman, in his first plate appearance after replacing pinch-runner Mitchell Self, delivered the big hit to left that plated Cooper and sent Auburn to its second win in just over 24 hours.

The Tigers will look to stun the Bayou Bengals on the road this weekend in what will be another big test for the side's hitters and pitchers alike.

Box score, via auburntigers.com

Southern Miss 3 (8-12)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Dillon Day cf 6 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 .282
Chase Fowler c 5 1 1 0 0 1 9 3 1 .333
Isaac Rodriguez 2b 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 .296
Tim Lynch 1b 2 0 0 1 2 0 9 0 0 .306
Jared Bales dh 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 .235
Blake Brown 3b 5 1 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 .293
Connor Barron rf 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 .244
Nick Dawson ss 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 2 0 .263
Andrew Furr lf 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 6 .208
Michael Sterling lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .152
Jake Drehoff p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 -
Bradley Roney p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Cody Livingston p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Cameron Giannini p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 40 3 10 2 3 11 32 12 11

Auburn 4 (15-6)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Jackson Burgreen rf 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .235
Hunter Kelley ph/rf 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .200
J.D. Crowe ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000
Sam Gillikin pr/rf 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
Jordan Ebert 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 .296
Cullen Wacker lf 4 0 1 3 1 2 1 0 0 .310
Garrett Cooper 1b 2 1 1 0 2 1 15 0 0 .333
Ryan Tella cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 3 .284
Patrick Savage dh 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .259
Damek Tomscha 3b 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 .203
Blake Austin c 4 0 0 0 0 1 10 0 0 .306
Mitchell Self pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kody Ortman c 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 .286
Dan Glevenyak ss 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 .231
Trey Cochran-Gill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -
Terrance Dedrick p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 -
Conner Kendrick p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Totals 34 4 5 4 6 10 33 17 8

Score by Innings                       R  H  E
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Southern Miss....... 001 000 020 00 -  3 10  3
Auburn.............. 000 000 030 01 -  4  5  2
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Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - Ch. Fowler(4); Dawson(1); Sterling(5); Ebert, J.(4); Glevenyak, D(8). DP - USM 3. LOB - USM 11; Auburn 8. 2B - B. Brown(2); Wacker, C.(7). 3B - Dawson(1). HBP - Dawson; Ebert, J.; Glevenyak, D. SH - Ch. Fowler(2); Barron(1); Cooper, G.(1); Tella, R.(3). SF - Lynch(2). SB - Day(9); Ch. Fowler(3); Rodriguez(2). CS - Glevenyak, D(3).

Southern Miss ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Jake Drehoff 7.0 3 0 0 2 6 0 0 1 0 20 24 5 7 79 4.05
Bradley Roney 0.2 1 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 7 1 0 35 5.06
Cody Livingston L,0-1 2.2 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 8 11 3 2 42 2.87
Cameron Giannini 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 5 7.88
Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Trey Cochran-Gill 5.0 3 1 0 2 4 0 0 1 0 18 22 2 8 86 1.96
Terrance Dedrick 2.2 6 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 11 14 1 4 39 6.60
Conner Kendrick W,2-0 3.1 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 11 11 2 3 48 0.69

Win - Kendrick, C. (2-0). Loss - Livingston (0-1). Save - None. WP - Kendrick, C.(1). HBP - by Cochran-Gill (Dawson); by Drehoff (Ebert, J.); by Roney (Glevenyak, D). Inherited runners/scored: Livingston 2/0; Giannini 2/1; Dedrick, T. 1/0; Kendrick, C. 1/1. Pitches/strikes: Drehoff 79/56; Roney 35/18; Livingston 42/25; Giannini 5/3; Cochran-Gill 86/50; Dedrick, T. 39/30; Kendrick, C. 48/32.

Umpires - HP: Mark Humphreys 1B: Kevin Assmann 2B: Bruce Ravan 3B: Joey
Start: 7:00 Time: 3:11 Attendance:
Weather: 62; Partly Cloudy; NNW 13 MPH
Cochran-Gill faced 1 batter in the 6th.

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