Auburn 10, Texas A&M 5: 3 home runs clinch series win for Tigers

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Auburn's offense had a big day, keyed by a third inning that included three home runs, to give the Tigers their first SEC series win of the season.

Cullen Wacker, Garrett Cooper and Blake Austin each went deep in the third inning, helping Auburn beat Texas A&M, 10-5, at Blue Bell Park Saturday and win its third consecutive game. It's the Tigers' longest win streak since Vanderbilt snapped one of seven games three weeks ago.

Auburn (19-12, 3-8 SEC) grabbed a rare early lead in the first inning, going ahead 1-0 on Cooper's RBI single that scored Ryan Tella. The huge third opened with Wacker and Cooper hitting back-to-back homers on two-strike pitches and ended for A&M starter Grayson Long after he allowed a single to Jackson Burgreen. The next hitter was Austin, whose two-run homer to left made it 5-0.

In the fourth, Burgreen scored Wacker with a grounder to second and reached on Charlie Curl's error. Austin sacrificed Cooper home with a fly ball, and Burgreen stole second and scored courtesy of a Dan Glevenyak single, moving the score to 9-0.

Auburn starter Michael O'Neal kept the Aggies (19-13, 5-6) bats silent for most of his start, although his fourth inning was a little rocky. O'Neal hit the leadoff batter, Krey Bratson, allowed a single by Allemend, then another single by Cole Lankford that was made worse by his throwing error, allowing one run to score. A&M pushed its second run across later in the inning thanks to a Brandon Wood sac fly. Still, O'Neal had a solid afternoon pitching six innings and giving up six hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out one. He also walked one and hit two batters. Trey Cochran-Gill inherited O'Neal's final two runners in the seventh and allowed an RBI single from Mikey Reynolds. By that point, Wacker had singled in Tella in the top half of the inning for Auburn's tenth run.

TCG threw over 70 pitches, allowing just one hit and one hit batter in his first two innings, before running into some ninth-inning trouble. He was tagged for two two-out runs, but escaped with a final fly out by Wood, stranding Aggies on the corners and sealing the victory.

Auburn will go for the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. Texas A&M will start 6'6 righty Rafael Pineda (2-2), while the Tigers will go with Will Kendall. After Saturday's win, head coach John Pawlowski said Kendall will be without a pitch-count limit for the first time this season.

Box score, via auburntigers.com

Auburn 10 (19-12,3-8 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Ryan Tella cf 5 2 2 1 1 0 6 0 0 .306
Jordan Ebert 2b 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 2 .297
Tanner Cimo 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .100
Cullen Wacker dh 5 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .315
Garrett Cooper 1b 5 2 3 2 0 0 7 1 2 .362
Damek Tomscha 3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 .259
Jackson Burgreen lf 4 2 2 1 1 0 3 0 0 .255
Blake Austin c 4 1 1 3 0 0 3 0 3 .289
Dan Glevenyak ss 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 2 1 .243
Sam Gillikin rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 .163
Patrick Savage ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Hunter Kelley rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .207
Michael O'Neal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -
Trey Cochran-Gill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Totals 39 10 14 10 3 4 27 10 9

Texas A&M 5 (19-13,5-6 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Mikey Reynolds ss 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 5 0 .382
Krey Bratsen cf 4 2 2 0 0 0 7 0 1 .302
Blake Allemand 3b/2b 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 .255
Cole Lankford 1b 5 0 3 1 0 1 8 0 1 .381
Brandon Wood rf 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 2 .333
Jonathan Moroney lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261
Mitchell Nau c 3 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 2 .232
Troy Stein dh 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .312
Charlie Curl 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 .220
Logan Taylor ph/3b 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .206
Grayson Long p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Kyle Martin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -
Corey Ray p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Ty Schlottmann p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Totals 36 5 11 4 1 3 27 11 9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Auburn.............. 105 300 100 - 10 14  1
Texas A&M........... 000 200 102 -  5 11  2
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E - O'Neal, M.(2); Reynolds(9); Curl(2). DP - Auburn 1; TAMU 1. LOB - Auburn 9; TAMU 9. 2B - Lankford(7). HR - Wacker, C.(1); Cooper, G.(4); Austin, B.(2). HBP - Glevenyak, D; Bratsen; Wood; Curl. SH - Tomscha, D.(3); Gillikin, S.(3). SF - Austin, B.(2); Wood(1). SB - Tella, R. 2(8); Ebert, J.(3); Burgreen, J.(2).

Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Michael O'Neal W,6-2 6.0 6 3 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 22 26 10 6 88 2.44
Trey Cochran-Gill S,2 3.0 5 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 14 15 3 4 69 3.92
Texas A&M ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Grayson Long L,3-1 2.1 5 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 13 15 2 3 69 4.32
Kyle Martin 1.1 5 5 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 7 11 1 2 30 6.25
Corey Ray 4.1 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 17 9 3 57 4.88
Ty Schlottmann 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 2 9 0.00

Win - O'Neal, M. (6-2). Loss - Long (3-1). Save - Cochran-Gill (2). HBP - by Martin (Glevenyak, D); by O'Neal, M. (Bratsen); by O'Neal, M. (Curl); by Cochran-Gill (Wood). BK - Martin(3). PB - Austin, B.(3). Inherited runners/scored: Cochran-Gill 2/1; Martin 1/1; Ray, C. 1/0. Pitches/strikes: O'Neal, M. 88/53; Cochran-Gill 69/43; Long 69/39; Martin 30/20; Ray, C. 57/32; Schlottmann 9/7.

Umpires - HP: Darrell Arnold 1B: A.J. Lostaglio 2B: Chuck Busse 3B: Dennis
Start: 2:05 Time: 2:45 Attendance: 5472
Weather: 73; Sunny; S 21 MPH
O'Neal, M. faced 2 batters in the 7th.

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