Auburn 8, Eastern Illinois 2: Easy like Sunday afternoon

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The 8-3 Tigers never trailed, and pitcher Rocky McCord went a career-high six innings to take the series against EIU.

Rocky McCord got out of a little jam in the first after a fielding error of his own, and he went on to strike out six Panthers on the day while allowing just three hits. Relieving him was Trey Cochran-Gill, who went two innings and into the ninth before he gave up the first EIU run. Chase Williamson and Matt Schultz finished out the ninth, allowing one more Panther to score.

Auburn's bats started slow but got rolling by the fourth inning, serving up another double-digit hit performance that made a Tigers' victory never really in doubt. Jordan Ebert extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-4 with two runs, and Garrett Cooper went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. In addition to their ten hits, Tiger hitters walked eight times, striking out just three.

The game was really blown open in the sixth, when Auburn put up its second straight three-run inning to make it 7-0. Auburn didn't steal any bases again, leaving a bit of a disappointing taste in fans' mouths who were expecting Auburn to run fairly wild against a team that came in posting pretty weak numbers in that aspect of the game.

The Tigers get a day off and then travel to Montgomery for Tuesday's (non-conference) matchup with Alabama. The school has already designated Wednesday night as the makeup date for the game in case of rain out.

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