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Alabama 4, Auburn 1: Nothing doing for Tigers' bats in Game 2

Auburn had no answer for Alabama starter Justin Kamplain.

Zach Bland/Auburn University photo

After scraping together two runs in a Friday night win over Alabama, Auburn's offense couldn't do much in Game 2 Saturday night. The Tigers collected just three hits in a 4-1 loss at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Justin Kamplain (3-2) was excellent for the Crimson Tide, giving up a run, three hits and three walks while striking out five in 8 2/3 innings. He entered the game with a 4.06 ERA, but threw 125 pitches and dominated the Tigers' lineup. It continued a trend of Auburn struggling against less-than-top-notch pitching. Thomas Burrows got the final out for his fifth save.

Alabama (23-11, 9-5 SEC) took a 2-0 lead thanks to a Kyle Overstreet leadoff homer in the fourth and a Wade Wass RBI infield single in the fifth. The Tide doubled their advantage in the seventh when two runs scored on a Chance Vincent infield single and throwing error by Auburn third baseman Connor Short. With the way the Tigers were swinging, the 4-0 lead was insurmountable.

Auburn (21-15, 6-8) scored its only run in the top of the ninth. Blake Austin connected on a one-out double and came home three batters later when Damon Haecker hit a two-out single to left. The Tigers had the potential tying run at the plate, but Dan Glevenyak ended the game with a pop fly to shortstop.

Austin finished the night 1-for-4. Haecker and Jordan Ebert went 1-for-3.

After normal Saturday starter Keegan Thompson closed out Friday night's win, senior lefty Michael O'Neal (2-4) was moved up a day in the rotation. O'Neal took the loss, allowing a run on five hits and two walks in three innings. He struck out three.Trey Cochran-Gill pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief and gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and one walk while picking up two Ks. Jay Wade went the final 1 2/3 innings. Wade struck out two and allowed one hit.

The Tigers and Tide will play for the series win Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Terrance Dedrick, normally Auburn's closer, will get the start for the visitors.

Auburn 1 (21-15,6-8 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Jordan Ebert lf 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
Ryan Tella cf 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Damek Tomscha 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 0
Blake Austin c 4 1 1 0 0 0 6 1 2
Daniel Robert dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Blake Logan ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Connor Short 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0
Damon Haecker ss 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 7 0
Dan Glevenyak 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 3
J.J. Shaffer rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael O'Neal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trey Cochran-Gill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jay Wade p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 29 1 3 1 3 5 24 15 7

Alabama 4 (23-11,9-5 SEC)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Mikey White ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2
Georgie Salem cf 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
Ben Moore rf 5 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
Wade Wass dh 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2
Kyle Overstreet 2b 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 0
Austen Smith 1b 2 0 2 0 1 0 10 0 0
Chance Vincent 3b 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 2
Will Haynie c 4 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 2
Hunter Webb lf 4 0 2 0 0 1 5 0 2
Justin Kamplain p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Thomas Burrows p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 4 13 3 3 6 27 10 11

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Auburn.............. 000 000 001 -  1  3  1
Alabama............. 000 110 20X -  4 13  0
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E - Short, C.(6). DP - Auburn 4; UA 1. LOB - Auburn 7; UA 11. 2B - Austin, B.(7). HR - Overstreet. HBP - Tomscha, D.; Short, C.; Shaffer, J.; White; Smith. SH - White. SB - Haecker, D.(8); Moore.

Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Michael O'Neal L,2-4 3.0 5 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 11 15 1 4 51
Trey Cochran-Gill 3.1 7 3 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 16 17 1 5 56
Jay Wade 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 6 7 1 2 25
Alabama ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Justin Kamplain W,3-2 8.2 3 1 1 3 5 0 0 3 0 28 34 10 10 125
Thomas Burrows S,5 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4

Win - Kamplain (3-2). Loss - O'Neal, M. (2-4). Save - Burrows (5). WP - Cochran-Gill 2(3). HBP - by O'Neal, M. (White); by Kamplain (Tomscha, D.); by Kamplain (Shaffer, J.); by Wade, J. (Smith); by Kamplain (Short, C.). Pitches/strikes: O'Neal, M. 51/31; Cochran-Gill 56/34; Wade, J. 25/15; Kamplain 125/78; Burrows 4/2.

Umpires - HP: Christopher Griffith 1B: Scott Cline 2B: Todd Henderson 3B:
Start: 6:05 pm Time: 2:42 Attendance: 6142
Weather: 77, partly cloudy
O'Neal, M. faced 2 batters in the 4th.