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Vanderbilt 8, Auburn 6: Tigers swept into 0-3 SEC start

Vanderbilt got out to an early lead that Auburn couldn't fight all the way back from, knocking the Tigers to 13-6.

Auburn's Dan Glevenyak makes the tag as Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp attempts to steal second in the fifth inning. Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Plainsman Park, Auburn, Ala.
Auburn's Dan Glevenyak makes the tag as Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp attempts to steal second in the fifth inning. Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Plainsman Park, Auburn, Ala.
Anthony Hall

Sunday's series finale started off so rough for Auburn that coach John Pawlowski had a pitcher warming up in the first inning. Starter Rocky McCord (2-1) walked three and gave up four hits in an inning and a third and allowed four runs, before Justin Camp gave up three more runs, though only two earned, in two innings. Camp walked two and gave up four hits.

Auburn's bats came alive early for the first time this weekend with an early run, and again in the fourth, but only after trailing 7-1. Two runs scored the Tigers in the fourth with Garrett Cooper singling and scoring on a Damek Tomscha double. Tomscha scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, the Tigers would come even closer through a two run Jackson Burgreen single that plated Patrick Savage and Blake Austin. Savage is now on an eight game hitting streak. Austin had two hits and threw out two runners at second, meaning he is now 7 of 10 on the season.

Terrance Dedrick made an appearance and pitched great. He went one out of shy of four innings and held the Commodores off the board the whole time he was on the mound. Only after Conner Kendrick relieved him did Vandy plate the inherited runner.

After Vanderbilt scored their final run in the eighth to go ahead 8-5, Hunter Kelly pinch hit for a double that scored Dan Glevenyak to cap the scoring. Brian Kelly slammed the door late on Auburn, picking up his third save of the weekend and seventh this year.

Alabama State will visit Auburn Tuesday night at 6 pm as the Tigers look to get back on track before going on the road this upcoming weekend.