Patrick Boling had nine strikeouts in four innings Friday.
April 12, 2013
AUBURN, ALA.---- Auburn rallied past Georgia 4-3 Friday to claim game one of an SEC series in front of a crowd of 3,526 at Plainsman Park.
It was the 14th come-from-behind win for the Tigers (21-13, 4-9 SEC) who trailed 3-1 after two innings and then tied the game in the sixth and surged ahead in the seventh.
Georgia (12-23, 2-11 SEC) went up 1-0 in the first. Sophomore right fielder Hunter Cole lined a one-out single to center and scored on a two-out RBI-double by sophomore left fielder Jared Walsh. It was Walsh’s ninth double and 17th RBI on the year. Auburn answered with a run in the bottom of the frame aided by a Bulldog miscue. Then, Georgia got it right back when the Tigers made a couple of two-out mistakes in the second. Senior third baseman Curt Powell and Cole made them pay with RBI-singles. Auburn starter Conner Kendrick needed 37 pitches to get out of the frame as the Bulldogs built a 3-1 edge but left the bases loaded as Kendrick struck out Walsh on a 3-2 offering.
The Tigers made it a one-run game in the fourth. Centerfielder Ryan Tella collected his third hit of the night, a two-out single and then picked up his ninth stolen bases. He scored on a base hit by designated hitter Cullen Wacker to make it-3-2. Boling avoided further damage by striking out Garrett Copper. It gave Boling nine for the night, one shy of his career high set at Texas A&M earlier this season. Boling’s outing ended Friday after four innings as he had thrown 99 pitches. He allowed two runs on seven hits with three walks. Georgia looked to senior Bryan Benzor, and he took care of the Tigers in the sixth but not before they threatened again after two were out. They stranded two more to give them 10 left on base through five innings.
Georgia missed a chance to add to its lead in the sixth, putting two on with two out and forced Auburn to go its bullpen. Justin Camp came on and got Cole to bounce in to a fielder’s choice to keep it a one-run game. Tella made it a 4-for-4 night with a leadoff double in the Auburn sixth off Benzor. A sacrifice bunt from second baseman Jordan Ebert and then a sacrifice fly by Wacker tied the game at 3-all.
In the seventh, catcher Blake Austin smacked a one-out double off senior Blake Dieterich. Right fielder Hunter Kelley followed with an RBI-double to put the Tigers in front 4-3. In the eighth, Auburn looked to Terrance Dedrick, and he retired the Bulldogs in order over the final two innings for his third save. Camp got the win to move his record to 4-0 while Dieterich got the loss to fall to 1-2.
“The last few games, we’ve got some early runs and a lead and then shut down in the middle innings for some reason,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We haven’t been able to extend the lead and have let teams come back. We’ve got some holes, but we still had opportunities to win tonight and credit Auburn for being able to come back. They did a good job with two strikes and two outs. Hopefully, Saturday will get off to a good start in the first game, and it can carry over to the second game.”
The series concludes Saturday with a doubleheader due to an 80 percent chance of rain forecasted for Sunday. Game one will begin at 2 p.m. and the second will follow 45 minutes after completion of the first one. Both games will be nine innings.