Auburn beats Southern Alabama in wild midweek affair

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Auburn came back from an early six-point deficit to win a wild midweek game over Southern Alabama 13-12 on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

Bobby Pierce hit a one-out triple and came in to score on by Mike Bello RBI groundout to break a 12-12 with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

“Bobby Pierce probably put more swings in the cage for the number of attacks he had than anyone I’ve been around.” coach’s assistant Gabe Gross noted. “My heart beats very hard for him tonight because it’s huge for him to come through at a time when it seemed like everything was calm and dead for us.”

Auburn‘s six-point comeback was the team’s most since overcoming a seven-point deficit against Florida A&M on Feb. 22, 2017.

“We had our backs against the wall most of the night,” Gross added. “I thought they were fighting. They gave up and never let go of the rope. At the end of the night, we found a way to get through it all.”

After South Alabama (15-4) took a 3-0 lead in the first and extended the lead to 6-0 through the start of the fourth, Auburn (15-6) came screaming back to take the lead. head with a seven-run fourth inning.

Garrett Farquhar and Blake Rambusch started the scoring with consecutive RBI singles, and Sonny Di Chiara monitoring by Kason Howell walking with a two-run knockdown RBI down the middle. Brooks Carlson led Howell to reduce the deficit to one, and Brody Moore gave the Tigers the lead with a two RBI double from the right field line.

Southern Alabama responded with four runs top of the fifth to retake the lead, 10-7, but Auburn followed up their seven-run fourth with a five-run fifth to continue the back-and-forth affair .

Farquhar kicked the scoring for the second straight inning with a solo left home run, his second of the season, and started a Tigers streak of eight straight to reach. Carlson, Cam HillMoore and Peirce shot four straight RBI singles in the frame to regain the lead, 12-10.

Auburn sent 21 batters to the plate and scored a combined 12 runs on 10 hits in the fourth and fifth innings.

A first batter in the seventh and a first-hit error in the eighth came back to bite Auburn as Southern Alabama tied the game, 12-12, with a run in each frame. However, it set the stage for Peirce and Bello to combine for the aforementioned winning run in the eighth.

Blake Burkhalter (3-0, 3.60) allowed just the unearned run in the eighth and took the win. He came in with the go-ahead on board in the seventh and grounded a pair of runners before finally pitching the final 2.2 innings with three strikeouts.

“We started off pretty slow, and I was just looking for my time to get in,” Burkhalter said. “I really wanted to go out there and compete with my team.

“The guys put up a good fight tonight,” added Burkhalter. “We fought as a team. To come back out there in the eighth inning to have a chance to win the game was really important to us.”

Carlson led Auburn’s offense with three hits while Rambusch, DiChiara, Moore, Perice and Farquhar added two hits apiece. Rambusch extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first single in the third and ultimately won his 11th multi-hit game of the season.

Auburn continues to play the SEC with its first real road games of the season, traveling to Bryan-College Station, Texas, for a three-game series against Texas A&M (13-7, 2-1 SEC) from Friday to Sunday.

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