Texas A&M 4, Auburn 1: Bats go quiet in series finale

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The Aggies used a brilliant start from Rafael Pineda to keep the Tigers' bats at bay and avoid a sweep.

First-time starter Rafael Pineda (3-2) dominated Auburn, particularly with his slider, at Blue Bell Park on Sunday afternoon, leading Texas A&M to a 4-1 win and deny the Tigers a sweep.

Pineda went 7 2/3 innings, giving up six hits, a walk and only one run while striking out three. He wasn't overwhelming with velocity, but Auburn head coach John Pawlowski noted a lack of good swings at the plate from the Tigers, combined with the Pineda's slider, produced a lot of easy outs for the Aggies' defense.

Auburn (19-13, 3-9 SEC) starter Will Kendall (0-3) had his longest outing in a year, going five innings but allowing one more run than his counterpart and picked up the loss. He fanned five and allowed only five hits, but the A&M hits were strung together in a better way than Auburn's.

Auburn surrendered a first-inning lead for what seemed like the 58th time this season, and though it was only 1-0, it again put pressure on the Tigers' bats and arms from the outset, which can't be contributing positively to the their hitting with runners in scoring position when trailing late. Though Auburn has several comeback wins this year, a few more games even remotely resembling Saturday's slugfest would be lovely.

Jordan Ebert tripled and scored on Cullen Wacker's RBI single in the fourth to tie it at 1-1, but Auburn immediately gave the lead back. A&M (20-13, 6-6) used a fourth-inning triple from Jonathan Moroney that drove in Blake Allemand to give the Aggies a lead their staff wouldn't give back.

They extended the lead to 4-1 with runs in the sixth and seventh. Dillon Ortman came on in relief of Kendall and allowed two runs on two hits and a hit batter in an inning-plus. Reid Carter walked two in two-thirds of an inning, and Chase Williamson pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up a walk and striking out three.

Ebert and Wacker's one-two punch in the fourth was practically the only highlight for Auburn at the plate on Sunday. Both went 2-for-4, while Garrett Cooper went 1-for-4 with a leadoff double in the second.

Alabama State visits Plainsman Park on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Auburn won the clubs' previous meeting on March 19, 10-2, in a midweek home game.

Auburn 1 (19-13,3-9 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Ryan Tella cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .299
Jordan Ebert 2b 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .316
Cullen Wacker dh 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .315
Garrett Cooper 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 2 .343
Damek Tomscha 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Jackson Burgreen lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .226
Blake Austin c 4 0 0 0 0 2 8 1 1 .267
Dan Glevenyak ss 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 0 .234
Sam Gillikin rf 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .159
Patrick Savage ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Hunter Kelley rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207
Will Kendall p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Dillon Ortman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Reid Carter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Chase Williamson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 33 1 7 1 1 4 24 7 6

Texas A&M 4 (20-13,6-6 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Mikey Reynolds ss 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 .386
Krey Bratsen cf 3 0 1 0 1 0 7 0 1 .297
Blake Allemand 3b 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .276
Cole Lankford 1b 4 0 1 1 0 1 9 0 3 .364
Brandon Wood rf 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 .277
Jonathan Moroney lf 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .271
Mitchell Nau dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .229
J.B. Moss pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
Hunter Melton ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
Troy Stein c 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 .286
Charlie Curl 2b 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 .230
Rafael Pineda p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 -
A.J. Minter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jason Jester p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 29 4 7 3 3 9 27 9 6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Auburn.............. 000 100 000 -  1  7  0
Texas A&M........... 100 101 10X -  4  7  0
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DP - Auburn 1. LOB - Auburn 6; TAMU 6. 2B - Ebert, J.(4); Cooper, G.(9); Allemand(5); Lankford(8). 3B - Ebert, J.(1); Moroney(2). HBP - Nau. SF - Allemand(1). SB - Reynolds(12); Moss(1). CS - Wacker, C.(1).

Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Will Kendall L,0-3 5.0 5 2 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 18 19 8 1 54 4.58
Dillon Ortman 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 5 6 0 2 24 4.95
Reid Carter 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 1 17 3.21
Chase Williamson 1.1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 1 26 4.50
Texas A&M ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np era
Rafael Pineda W,3-2 7.2 6 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 28 29 11 8 107 2.28
A.J. Minter 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 0.00
Jason Jester S,8 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 2 1 16 1.71

Win - Pineda (3-2). Loss - Kendall, W. (0-3). Save - Jester (8). WP - Ortman, D.(4). HBP - by Ortman, D. (Nau). PB - Austin, B.(4). Inherited runners/scored: Carter, R. 1/1; Williamson,C 2/0; Minter 1/0; Jester 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Kendall, W. 54/39; Ortman, D. 24/12; Carter, R. 17/8; Williamson,C 26/14; Pineda 107/71; Minter 4/2; Jester 16/11.

Umpires - HP: A.J. Lostaglio 1B: Chuck Busse 2B: Dennis McComb 3B: Darrell
Start: 1:05 Time: 2:20 Attendance: 4662
Weather: 72; Mostly Cloudy; SSE 12 MPH
Ortman, D. faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Minter faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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