Tigers Sweep Amidst Glaring Mistakes

The Auburn Tigers completed the sweep with a 2-1 victory over Presbyterian College. The sweep didn’t come easy as the Blue Hose had great starting pitching over the last two games and timely defense especially from catcher Jake Wyandt. Auburn Head Coach Butch Thompson was very complimentary of Wyandt’s performance this weekend saying the Tigers might not face another catcher as talented as him.

Junior short stop, Ryan Bliss, left the game in the middle of the 5th inning with a tight hamstring. Coach Thompson commented that he hoped it was nothing serious but pulled Bliss for precautionary reasons. 

“We have depth at that position, so why not use it,” Thompson said when explaining his reasons for the move. 

Garrett Farquhar replaced Bliss in the lineup but played second base and Brody Moore moved from second into the vacated shortstop position. 

The Tigers struck first in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Tyler Miller flied out, Steven Williams singled up the middle.  Williams advanced on a failed pick off attempt allowing him to go from first to third. Kason Howell followed with a walk and Josh Hall drove in Williams with a sac fly to left.

The Blue Hose responded in the top half of the seventh with a lot of substitutions and a few base hits. Jeremiah Boyd pinch hit for Chase Hughes and singled up the middle. David Sweat pinch ran for Boyd. After Landon Shaw hit into a fielder’s choice, Andrew Livingston pinch hit for Zaccheus Rasberry and singled to right. Auburn right fielder Josh Hall misplayed the ball which allowed Shaw to score and tie up the game.

Auburn’s Mason Barnett got his first career start today going four innings allowing three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Brooks Fuller followed up with his second outing of the weekend going two and a third innings, two hits, one run, a walk, and three strikeouts, Seb Thomas came in for Fuller going two and two thirds scoreless innings to get the game through the ninth inning. 

With the score tied after nine, the game went into extra innings which brought about the anticipated debut of Cam Hill. Cam is a 6’3 210 lb freshman from Madison, AL with a power left arm.  He ran it up to the low to mid 90’s working in a breaking ball to keep batters off balance. Hill struck out the first two batters he faced with the third flying out to right to end the inning.

The Tigers half of the inning brought about another anticipated debut, Bobby Pierce. After Bryson War struck out to lead off the tenth, Rankin Woley doubled for his second hit of the series. Pierce pinch hit for Miller and singled up the middle. Woley rounded third and scored on an obstruction call by the home plate umpire. The call was reviewed and stood. Woley thought he beat the throw anyway but the obstruction call took the guessing out of the bang bang play at the plate.

Butch Thompson reemphysized that though the Tigers got the series sweep, there was much work to be done. He said he hoped the guys could see they needed to learn from their mistakes even in the win rather than have to feel the sting of a loss for that point to be driven home.

The Tigers next games will be a two game midweek series with Alabama State on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Both games will start at 4pm CT at Plainsman Park in Auburn.

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