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Auburn 2, Alabama 1: Dillon Ortman, Keegan Thompson shut down Tide

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The Tigers used their top two starters to get a much-needed win over the Crimson Tide.

Zach Bland/Auburn University photo

Dillon Ortman started strong, and Keegan Thompson, normally Auburn's Saturday starter, finished the job in the Tigers' 2-1 win over Alabama Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Ortman (6-1) went seven-plus innings, allowing just one run on five hits. After he allowed a leadoff double in the eighth, head coach Sunny Golloway elected to forgo Auburn's sometimes shaky bullpen and brought Thompson in for his first relief appearance of his career. The freshman responded by striking out five and giving up one hit in two innings.

In the ninth, Thompson struck out Wade Wass and Austen Smith. He followed that up with a strikeout of Chance Vincent, but Vincent reached on a wild pitch. After Will Haynie singled to put the potential tying run at second and winning run at first, Thompson finished off his first save by inducing a fly out from Hunter Webb.

The Tigers' pitching staff has allowed one run in the last 18 innings.

Auburn (21-14, 6-7 SEC) managed just four hits off Crimson Tide ace Spencer Turnbull (4-2) and scored in only one inning. Connor Short drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second, and Jordan Ebert ran out a bases-loaded infield single. However, the Tigers stranded three runners in the inning, the first of three times they would leave the bases loaded.

Damon Haecker was 2-for-3, and Ebert (1-for-5, one RBI) and Daniel Robert (1-for-3, one run) came through with Auburn's two other hits.

Turnbull took the loss for Alabama (22-11, 8-5), despite seven strong innings. He allowed two runs on the four hits and two walks while striking out six. Nick Eicholtz pitched the final two innings, giving up one walk and striking out one.

Auburn and Alabama return to action Saturday night. Thompson was scheduled to start for the Tigers, but Sunday starter Michael O'Neal will likely take the hill.

Auburn 2 (21-14,6-7 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Jordan Ebert lf 5 0 1 1 0 3 3 0 0
J.J. Shaffer lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anfernee Grier rf 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 9
Ryan Tella cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0
Damek Tomscha 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
Blake Austin c 2 1 0 0 1 0 6 0 0
Daniel Robert dh 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Connor Short 3b 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Damon Haecker ss 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 3 0
Dan Glevenyak 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Dillon Ortman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keegan Thompson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 28 2 4 2 3 7 27 4 9

Alabama 1 (22-11,8-5 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Georgie Salem cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Mikey White ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 0
Ben Moore rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Overstreet 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 1
Wade Wass dh 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Austen Smith 1b 2 0 0 0 1 1 10 1 1
Chance Vincent 3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 0
Daniel Cucjen pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Will Haynie c 4 0 1 0 0 1 8 2 4
Hunter Webb lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Spencer Turnbull p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nick Eicholtz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 1 6 1 1 7 27 14 8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Auburn.............. 020 000 000 -  2  4  0
Alabama............. 000 100 000 -  1  6  1
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E - Vincent. DP - Auburn 1. LOB - Auburn 9; UA 8. 2B - Salem. HBP - Austin, B.; Glevenyak, D 4; Wass; Smith. SH - Short, C.(4). SF - Short, C.(1). SB - Short, C.(8). CS - Austin, B.(2); Glevenyak, D(2).

Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Dillon Ortman W,6-2 7.0 5 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 25 28 15 3 92
Keegan Thompson S,1 2.0 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 8 8 1 1 41
Alabama ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Spencer Turnbull L,4-2 7.0 4 2 2 2 6 0 0 4 0 21 29 3 10 109
Nick Eicholtz 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 7 9 3 2 37

Win - Ortman, D. (6-2). Loss - Turnbull (4-2). Save - Thompson, K. (1). WP - Thompson, K.(4). HBP - by Turnbull (Glevenyak, D); by Turnbull (Glevenyak, D); by Ortman, D. (Smith); by Turnbull (Austin, B.); by Ortman, D. (Wass); by Turnbull (Glevenyak, D); by Eicholtz (Glevenyak, D). Pitches/strikes: Ortman, D. 92/58; Thompson, K. 41/31; Turnbull 109/62; Eicholtz 37/21.

Umpires - HP: Tony Walsh 1B: Christopher Griffith 2B: Scott Cline 3B: Todd
Start: 6:36 pm Time: 2:41 Attendance: 6069
Weather: 70, clear
Ortman, D. faced 1 batter in the 8th.