Auburn's offensive woes continued Saturday night against Cal at the Tiger Classic. The Golden Bears handed the Tigers their second shutout loss of the season, 5-0, in front of a good crowd at Plainsman Park.
Auburn (3-3) was able to compile seven hits and 13 base runners, but couldn't translate that to any success on the scoreboard. The Tigers left 10 men on base, and hit into two double plays. Cal (4-2) committed two errors, but Sunny Golloway's team wasn't able to capitalize. After the game, the head coach expressed his displeasure.
"Let's get some new blood in there and guys that don't have bad habits or losing ways," Golloway said. "Let's try to get some winning ways going and some good karma going. It's getting ready to be shook up. I've tried to shake it before, but expect an earthquake tonight.
"We had several returning guys hit deep flyballs and come to the dugout. I'm seeing them smiling in the dugout down 4-0 or 5-0. I've never seen that. I've never allowed it. I've never seen it. I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. When we try to get on them and explain that's not winning baseball, they look at us like we have three heads."
Shortstop Dan Glevenyak led the way at the plate for the Tigers, going 2-for-4 with a double. He was the only Auburn player to collect multiple hits. Right fielder Anfernee Grier also had a double, and center fielder Ryan Tella, third baseman Damek Tomscha first baseman Keegan Thompson and second baseman Daemon Hacker all had singles.
With second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz on second and two outs, Cal opened the scoring in the second inning. Catcher Mitchell Kranson lined a solid single to center, bringing in Tenerowicz. The Bears went up 4-0 with three more runs thanks to four hits and a walk in the sixth, ending Auburn starter Michael O'Neal's day. They added one more insurance run in the seventh. Cal put up eight hits on the night.
O'Neal (0-2) took the loss for Auburn, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks in five-plus innings. He struck out two. In two starts this year, the senior southpaw has yet to receive any run support from his offensive teammates. Alex Schick (1-1) came on in relief to pick up the win for Cal, striking out two and giving up one hit in two innings.
Auburn closes out the Tiger Classic Sunday afternoon against East Tennessee State. Thompson will make his second start on the mound, and first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.
California 5 (4-2)
|Pearson, Devin cf||2||0||0||0||3||1||2||0||0|
|Bruno, Vince lf||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Celsi, Brian ph/lf||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Rodriguez, Devon dh||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Campbell, Derek rf||4||1||1||0||0||2||6||1||2|
|Halamandaris, Nick 1b||3||0||1||2||1||0||9||0||0|
|Tenerowicz, Robbie 2b||2||1||0||0||2||1||2||3||0|
|Farney, Brenden 3b||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||2||0|
|Kranson, Mitchell c||4||0||1||1||0||2||7||2||0|
|Reuvekamp, Mike ss||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||2||3|
|Porter, Kyle p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Schick, Alex p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Siomkin, Keaton p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hildenberger, Trevor p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mason, Ryan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Auburn 0 (3-3)
|Anfernee Grier rf||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||0||2|
|Dan Glevenyak ss||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||2||0|
|Ryan Tella cf||4||0||1||0||0||2||5||0||2|
|Damek Tomscha 3b||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||0||1|
|Blake Austin c||2||0||0||0||1||2||8||2||0|
|Keegan Thompson 1b||4||0||1||0||0||0||9||0||3|
|Jordan Ebert lf||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|J.J. Shaffer ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Patrick Savage dh||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jackson Burgreen ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Damon Haecker 2b||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||2||0|
|Michael O'Neal p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Jacob Milliman p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Reid Carter p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Daniel Koger p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Trey Wingenter p||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- California.......... 010 003 100 - 5 8 2 Auburn.............. 000 000 000 - 0 7 0 -------------------------------------------
|E - Farney(2); Siomkin(1). DP - CAL 2. LOB - CAL 6; Auburn 10. 2B - Grier, A.(1); Glevenyak, D(1). HBP - Austin, B.; Haecker, D.. SH - Bruno 2(3). SB - Pearson(1); Tella, R.(3). CS - Tenerowicz(1); Reuvekamp(1); Ebert, J.(1).|
|Schick, Alex W,1-1||2.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||7||7||1||3||25|
|Michael O'Neal L,0-2||5.0||4||4||4||4||2||0||0||0||0||17||23||6||7||82|
Win - Schick (1-1). Loss - O'Neal, M. (0-2). Save - None. WP - Carter, R.(1); Wingenter 2. HBP - by Porter (Haecker, D.); by Porter (Austin, B.). Pitches/strikes: Porter 49/26; Schick 25/17; Siomkin 33/19; Hildenberger 13/10; Mason 16/8; O'Neal, M. 82/49; Milliman, J. 6/4; Carter, R. 14/7; Koger, D. 30/20; Wingenter 21/12.
Umpires - HP: Kevin Elzey 1B: Ken Couch 3B: Steve Manders