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Samford 8, Auburn 1: Tigers on the verge of collapse

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Auburn is playing its worst baseball heading into its toughest stretch of the year.

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Auburn got off to a nice start Tuesday night against Samford, but it was all down hill from there. After the first inning, the Bulldogs dominated in an 8-1 win over the Tigers at Plainsman Park.

Auburn (19-11) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After Jordan Ebert led off with a fly out to center, Damek Tomscha, Ryan Tella and Blake Austin put together three straight singles, with Austin driving in Tella from second to open the scoring. But the inning ended one batter later when Daniel Robert flied out to left and Tomscha was easily thrown out trying to tag and score.

After that, it was all Samford. In the top of the third, two hits, plus two Tomscha throwing errors, led to three unearned runs. Tomscha committed a fielding error in the fourth and Damon Haecker added another in the sixth, but the Bulldogs (17-11) were unable to capitalize. However, they broke the game open in the seventh.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Brandon Powell singled to right, driving in two runs. Another run came in one batter later on a Trey Cochran-Gill wild pitch. Just for good measure, Caleb Bryson homered to left center in the eighth, adding to the lopsided score.

Trey Wingenter (1-1) started and took the loss for Auburn, though he didn't pitch terribly. Wingenter gave up three runs -- all unearned -- on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Justin Camp, Cochran-Gill and Reid Carter combined to give up the rest of the damage in two-plus innings. Jacob Milliman, Cole Lipscomb and Daniel Koger finished the game.

Cole Limbaugh (1-0) earned the win, allowing a run on five hits and one walk with three Ks in 4 1/3 innings.

The Tigers will have to find a way to bounce back quickly before a road trip to nationally ranked Ole Miss. Dillon Ortman is set to take the mound for Auburn Friday night in Oxford, and first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

Samford 8 (17-11)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
T.J. Dixon cf 4 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 3
Tyler Filliben ss 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Drew McWhorter c 4 1 0 0 1 2 6 1 1
Heath Quinn rf 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
Brandon Powell lf 4 0 2 2 0 1 3 1 0
Tripp Martin 3b 5 0 1 0 0 3 0 3 1
Hunter Swilling 2b 3 2 2 0 1 0 4 2 0
Frankie Navarrete 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Caleb Bryson 1b 5 1 2 2 0 1 9 0 3
Jared Watson dh 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Cole Limbaugh p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Parker Curry p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Patrick McGavin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charles Terry p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 37 8 8 4 6 12 27 12 9

Auburn 1 (19-11)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Jordan Ebert 2b 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 1 0
Ryan Tella cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Damek Tomscha 3b 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 0
Blake Austin c 4 0 1 1 0 0 12 0 4
Daniel Robert dh 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Blake Logan ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keegan Thompson 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
Sam Gillikin rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0
Damon Haecker ss 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
J.J. Shaffer lf 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
Anfernee Grier ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jackson Burgreen lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Trey Wingenter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Camp p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trey Cochran-Gill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reid Carter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob Milliman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cole Lipscomb p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Koger p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 1 7 1 2 6 27 5 8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Samford............. 003 000 320 -  8  8  0
Auburn.............. 100 000 000 -  1  7  4
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E - Tomscha, D. 3(6); Haecker, D.(9). DP - Samford 2; Auburn 1. LOB - Samford 9; Auburn 8. 2B - Powell(5); Martin(5). HR - Bryson(5). HBP - Powell; Tomscha, D.; Logan, B.. SB - Haecker, D.(7).

Samford ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Cole Limbaugh W,1-0 4.1 5 1 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 16 18 4 4 50
Parker Curry 3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 10 10 3 3 53
Patrick McGavin 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 1 13
Charles Terry 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 5 3 0 27
Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Trey Wingenter L,1-1 5.0 4 3 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 21 23 3 5 90
Justin Camp 1.1 1 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 6 1 0 30
Trey Cochran-Gill 0.1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 12
Reid Carter 0.1 2 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 14
Jacob Milliman 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 2 0 15
Cole Lipscomb 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 15
Daniel Koger 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 9

Win - Limbaugh (1-0). Loss - Wingenter (1-1). Save - None. WP - Carter, R. 2(5). HBP - by Limbaugh (Tomscha, D.); by Lipscomb, C. (Powell); by Terry (Logan, B.). BK - Terry(1). PB - Austin, B.(6). Pitches/strikes: Limbaugh 50/31; Curry 53/33; McGavin 13/5; Terry 27/16; Wingenter 90/62; Camp, J. 30/16; Cochran-Gill 12/7; Carter, R. 14/9; Milliman, J. 15/10; Lipscomb, C. 15/9; Koger, D. 9/7.

Umpires - HP: Jay Furlong 1B: Craig Barron 3B: Ken Couch
Start: 6:01 pm Time: 3:19 Attendance: 3576
Weather: 75, partly cloudy
Wingenter faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Carter, R. faced 2 batters in the 8th.
Lipscomb, C. faced 2 batters in the 9th.