Talk about an offensive showcase. After a rough start by Auburn’s infield, the Tigers’ bats exploded in the bottom of the first inning. Scoring 10 runs on 7 hits, Auburn’s batters went through the order and then some as they slammed their foot on the gas to hold a 10-2 lead at the end of the first. Senior Judd Ward smacked a 360 ft homer to right field to kick off the inning, and the Tigers never looked back.
Not to be outdone, sophomore Bryson Ware hammered a 409 ft home run off the scoreboard two batters later. Alabama A&M pitcher Yavier Febus was pulled in the first inning after allowing 5 runs through 7 batters.
Brayton Brown also hit a towering 382 ft bomb in the bottom of the fifth to round out Auburn’s third homer of the night. Overall, Auburn had 18 runs on 14 hits, including 15 total RBIs. The Tigers could have scored more, leaving 11 batters on base.
Josh Hall had “a fun night for sure”, as he and Cam Hill each had 3 RBIs tonight as the Auburn bats looked comfortable throughout the game this evening.
Hill, who finished Sunday’s game against Presbyterian at pitcher, held the DH spot tonight and performed extremely well. Coach Thompson said that his staff wasn’t sure if they should be pumping up Hill as much as they have been but he “keeps having professional at bats.” Coach Thompson said that you can expect Hill to be a two way player for the foreseeable future, with him being a pitcher and taking the DH spot in the lineup when he is not in the bullpen.
Auburn started sophomore Trace Bright at pitcher tonight. After a shaky start to the first inning, Bright dominated the Bulldogs as the game went on. In 4 innings, Bright had 2 hits, 0 BB, and 7 strikeouts. Bright was replaced by Peyton Glavine in the 5th inning, facing 6 batters with 1 strikeout and allowing 1 hit. Carson Swilling replaced Glavine, facing 4 batters and throwing 2 strikeouts.
Coach Thompson also mentioned that tonight was the first time in 47 games that the Tigers did not open up with Judd Ward batting first and Ryan Bliss batting second. Bliss was pulled from a game against Presbyterian this weekend with an apparent hamstring injury.
In an interesting move to end the night, Alabama A&M decided to end the game after 7 innings. The Auburn field players were warming up when A&M coach Elliot Jones began having a long conversation with the umpires. After a few minutes, Auburn coach Butch Thompson was called over and they decided to prematurely end the game. After the game, Coach Thompson said it was his first instance of a “mask miscommunication.” Auburn thought they were playing the full game, Alabama A&M thought that the game would end after the 7th if one team was up by 10 or more runs.
Auburn faces off against Alabama A&M again on Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM CT.