In stark contrast to Friday's season-opener, Auburn pitchers were hammered at Plainsman Park on Saturday afternoon as Binghamton rolled to an 11-5 victory, evening both teams records at 1-1.
As the follow-up to a 15-strikeout, three-hit shutout, the Tigers didn't really run out a single pitcher that looked impressive, surrendering 14 hits and four walks and recording only five strikeouts.
Starter Trey Wingenter and finisher Izaac Yarbrough were perhaps the two best Auburn pitchers on the day, allowing three runs on the nearly six innings between them. But their performances book-ended pretty bad showings from Kevin Davis, Jacob Milliman, Will Thompson and Dalton Rentz. That quartet allowed eight runs on seven hits, plus two walks, a hit batter and the go-ahead three-run homer in just over three innings.
Auburn also wasn't impressive at the plate, although they did again hit hard into a few good plays by the Bearcat defense. The bench was utilized a lot more than yesterday, with 14 position players getting game time. Shortstop Cody Nulph was the star of the home team, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and making a few crisp plays in the six-hole.
Right-fielder Jake Thomas lead the Bearcat attack going 4-for-5 with an early three-run homer and a late triple, racking up four RBIs. Brendan Skidmore and David Schanz combined for four more hits, with the former driving in three and the latter scoring three runs.
Starting pitcher Mike Bunal and regular closer Mike Urbanski combined for 7 1/3 innings and held the Auburn offense at bay, mostly with ease. Bunal escaped the first inning with a lead intact, stranding two Tigers on base, while Urbanski entered in the fifth with one out and the bags full, before escaping with a strikeout and ground out.
The rubber match of this series is tomorrow at noon. It will not be aired on WatchESPN.