The runs came like the hits tonight at Plainsman Park: early and often. The Tigers bats were picking up hits left and right, almost all of them singles, and runners were crossing the plate in abundance. Every Tiger in the starting lineup came out of the game with at least one hit. Meanwhile, Ben Braymer pitched an excellent scoreless 5.2 innings with only a walk and an E-5 as blemishes on his scorecard and Gordon Cardenas came on in relief and only allowed a single hit and no runs.
The night started in familiar fashion with Anferee Grier reaching base on a walk. A stolen base and a Josh Palacios single later and Grier was in perfect position to cross the plate on a Niko Buentello single. Palacios would come home for the 2-0 1st inning lead on the first of Blake Logan's four RBIs.
After a scoreless 2nd inning, the floodgates opened in the 3rd. Another series of singles combined with wild pitches resulted in a total of 4 runs scored for Auburn in the 3rd. Every hit in the inning was a single. The Tigers would add 2 more in the 5th thanks to more singles, walks, etc.
It wasn't until the 6th inning that Auburn got the first multi-base hit, and that was a shot by Anfernee Grier over the Little Monster for his team-leading 6th home run of the season. Blake Logan picked up his 4th and final RBI of the night in the 6th, as well, with a sacrifice fly.
Auburn added a final run in the 8th inning thanks to more hit batters, singles, etc. The final run was scored on a fielder's choice out and Auburn walked away with an 11-0 victory.
Overall, the Tigers picked up 21 hits on the evening, and only 2 of those hits were multi-base hits. Auburn was getting base runners and moving base runners effectively all evening. There were a few steals early in the game, but once the scoring came, Auburn stopped needing to move the base runners.
The pitching on the night was excellent, as well. Alabama State is not a bad hitting team, and Auburn kept them to 2 hits and no runs. Ben Braymer and Gordon Cardenas both looked good on the mound and got some much-needed experience that will hopefully pay dividends down the line.
Auburn's next match-up is a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Hogs, who were swept by South Carolina last weekend. They'll then return to Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide in a "non-conference game" in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery.