Auburn starting pitcher Dillon Ortman had a career night, and the Tigers' offense provided just enough run support in a 2-1 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday at Plainsman Park.
Ortman (2-0, 0.00 ERA) pitched eight innings, allowing just four hits and one unearned run, and he struck out a career-high 11. Going into the eighth, he had given up only one hit and faced the minimum thanks to catcher Blake Logan, who threw out Pine Bluff shortstop Isias Alcantar on a stolen base attempt in the top of the fourth. Ortman got into some trouble in his final inning, but with runners on first and third and two outs, he struck out second baseman Mitch Buckshaw looking to end the threat.
Terrance Dedrick came on in the ninth and struck out the side for his first save of the year.
It was another tough night for Auburn batters, who only managed three base hits against Golden Lions starter Kyle Schwartz. In the botttom of the fourth, right fielder Anfernee Grier singled to lead off the inning and advanced into scoring position with a stolen base. He was originally called out on the play, but head coach Sunny Golloway and the umpires met to discuss the call, overturning it. Grier came around to score when shortstop Dan Glevenyak hit a grounder to his Pine Bluff counterpart, but Alcantar threw the ball away.
It was Glevenyak who led off with a single in the bottom of the seventh. He moved on to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt from center fielder Ryan Tella, and a botched pickoff attempt allowed him to take third. With one out and the infield in, freshman first baseman Keegan Thompson drove Glevenyak in with a solid single through the right side for his second RBI of the year.
Schwartz took the loss despite a fine effort. He went 7 1/3 innings and gave up three hits and two unearned runs while striking out six.
Auburn will be back in action on Day 2 of the Tiger Classic, facing the Cal Golden Bears. Senior lefty Michael O'Neal will get the start, and first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.