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Auburn 10, Kennesaw State 5: Tigers sweep season series with Owls

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Auburn's offense had another big night.

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Coming off a series win over a ranked Tennessee team, Auburn kept the momentum rolling with a 10-5 win over Kennesaw State Tuesday night at Plainsman Park. After a 6-6 start to the season, the Tigers have now won 12 of their last 14 games.

After a scoreless first, Auburn opened the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Daniel Robert singled to drive in Ryan Tella, who led off with a single and stole second, and with two on and two outs, Sam Gillikin doubled to left center, scoring Robert and Dan Glevenyak. Jordan Ebert singled to left to bring in Gillikin. The Tigers (18-8) added two more in the third thanks to a leadoff home run from Tella and a two-out RBI single from Keegan Thompson.

With Auburn holding a comfortable 6-0 lead, the Owls (12-16) fought back in the top of the sixth. Kennesaw put up four hits in the inning and reached on two walks, and Auburn provided a little extra help with an error and an astonishing six wild pitches -- one from Trey Wingenter, four from Jacob Milliman and one from Daniel Koger. When it was finally over, the Owls had cut the lead to 6-5.

However, Auburn bounced back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. After a Thompson ground out, Gillikin walk and Ebert single, Damon Haecker singled to right, scoring Gillikin from second base. Ebert scored from third on a squeeze bunt from Connor Short. The Tigers capped the scoring in the eighth. Thompson and Gillikin singled to start the inning, Ebert advanced them to scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Haecker came through again with another two-RBI single.

Gillikin led the Tigers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Haecker was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Wingenter (1-0) picked up the win after allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Kendall Hawkins (0-1) took the loss for the Owls. Hawkins gave up four runs -- one earned -- on four hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out three.

Auburn returns to SEC action Thursday night against Missouri. Senior right-hander Dillon Ortman will take the mound, and first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU.

Kennesaw State 5 (12-16)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
SIMMONS, Kal ss 4 1 2 0 1 1 5 2 0
BRUCE, Jacob lf 5 1 2 2 0 1 3 0 1
PENTECOST, Max c 4 0 2 0 1 0 5 3 0
WAY, Bo cf 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 4
LIQUORI, Alex rf 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
BENNETT, Colin 1b 4 1 1 0 1 2 7 0 0
MORGAN, Brennan dh 5 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 2
BAHNICK, Matt 3b 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
NIXON, Cornell 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4
HAWKINS, Kendall p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MCARTHUR, Cole p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
ERWIN, Chris p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
CONNELL, James p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 40 5 13 3 3 9 24 11 11

Auburn 10 (18-8)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Jordan Ebert lf 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 2
Damon Haecker ss 3 0 2 3 1 0 1 2 0
Damek Tomscha 3b 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 2
Connor Short pr/3b 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ryan Tella cf 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 1
J.J. Shaffer ph/cf 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
Blake Austin c 2 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 0
Anfernee Grier pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Logan c 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0
Daniel Robert dh 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dylan Smith dh 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Dan Glevenyak 2b 3 2 0 0 1 0 2 7 0
Keegan Thompson 1b 4 1 2 1 0 0 8 0 0
Sam Gillikin rf 3 3 3 2 1 0 3 0 0
Trey Wingenter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob Milliman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Koger p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jay Wade p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reid Carter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 10 15 10 4 5 27 11 6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Kennesaw State...... 000 005 000 -  5 13  2
Auburn.............. 042 002 02X - 10 15  3
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E - SIMMONS(12); PENTECOST(4); Haecker, D.(4); Short, C.(5); Glevenyak, D(8). DP - KSU 2; Auburn 2. LOB - KSU 11; Auburn 6. 2B - LIQUORI(3); BAHNICK(3); Gillikin, S. 2(2). HR - Tella, R.(3). HBP - Haecker, D.. SH - Ebert, J.(8); Short, C.(3). SB - Ebert, J.(5); Tella, R.(8); Glevenyak, D(10). CS - Haecker, D.(2); Short, C.(1); Grier, A.(6).

Kennesaw State ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
HAWKINS, Kendall L,0-1 2.0 4 4 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 10 12 2 0 53
MCARTHUR, Cole 3.0 5 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 13 5 1 51
ERWIN, Chris 2.2 6 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 11 14 1 5 39
CONNELL, James 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Trey Wingenter W,1-0 5.0 9 3 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 23 25 4 4 100
Jacob Milliman 0.2 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 12
Daniel Koger 0.1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 11
Jay Wade 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 2 4 20
Reid Carter 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 5 1 0 16

Win - Wingenter (1-0). Loss - HAWKINS (0-1). Save - None. WP - Wingenter(3); Milliman, J. 2(3); Koger, D.(2). HBP - by HAWKINS (Haecker, D.). Pitches/strikes: HAWKINS 53/30; MCARTHUR 51/26; ERWIN 39/26; CONNELL 4/3; Wingenter 100/63; Milliman, J. 12/6; Koger, D. 11/6; Wade, J. 20/16; Carter, R. 16/13.

Umpires - HP: Darion Padgett 1B: Jay Furlong 3B: Tony Williams
Start: 6:00 pm Time: 3:08 Attendance: 3058
Weather: Low 50s, wind NW 20-25
Wingenter faced 3 batters in the 6th.