AUBURN, Alabama – The Texas A&M Aggies fell to the Auburn Tigers, 5-2, in the first game of a Saturday matinee doubleheader at Plainsman Park.
For the second straight game, the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Dan Glevenyak drove a first-pitch offering to leftfield for a single. Damek Tomscha followed with a wall-banger off the monster in leftfield for an RBI double. With two outs, Blake Austin was hit by a pitch to put two runners on and Daniel Robert flared a single to the gap in left centerfield to plate Tomscha for the two-run advantage.
The Aggies knotted the game in the top of the fifth inning. Logan Nottebrok and Mitchell Nau strung together back-to-back singles to start the frame and Logan Taylor drew a six-pitch walk to load the bags with Ags. Jace Statum was hit by a pitch to knock in Nottebrok and a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Moroney provided the equalizer, tying the game at 2-2.
Auburn (13-6, 2-0 SEC) reclaimed the lead in the home half of the fifth. With two outs, Ryan Tella poked a single to rightfield and Blake Austin followed with a single to centerfield to put runners on the corners and drive Aggie starter Parker Ray from the contest. Pinch-hitter Blake Logan provided the go-ahead run, lacing a 1-0 pitch from A&M reliever Tyler Stubblefield through the left side of the infield, plating Tella for the 3-2 edge.
The Tigers tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Tomscha bounced a single through the left side of the infield and Tella followed with a bunt single down the first-base line.
Ray (2-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 4.2 innings.
Auburn got another complete-game effort on the mound. Keegan Thompson (4-0) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out 10 over 9.0 innings
Texas A&M (13-7, 0-2 SEC) went without a player with multiple hits in the contest with Nottebrok, Nau, Logan Taylor and Statum logging one apiece.
Auburn had six different players log two hits, including Ebert, Tomscha, Tella, Austin, Robert and Logan.
The Aggies and Tigers will wrap up the series with the second-half of the doubleheader on Saturday. The game commenced at 3:05 pm.