Auburn Takes Game One 8-4 Saturday
Curt Powell notched an RBI and made three defensive gems Saturday in game one.

Curt Powell notched an RBI and made three defensive gems Saturday in game one.

April 13, 2013

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AUBURN, ALA.---- Auburn defeated Georgia 8-4 in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at Plainsman Park.

The Tigers (22-13, 5-9 SEC) took a 2-0 lead in the first courtesy of a home run by designated hitter Cullen Wacker, his second of the year. Ryan Tella was aboard following a leadoff double. Auburn extended its advantage to 3-0 in the second. Hunter Kelley led off with a double, went to third on a sacrifice by Mitchell Self and scored on a two-out grounder to deep shortstop by Jordan Ebert that was ruled a single. In the third, Auburn chased freshman starter Sean McLaughlin following a two-out bases-loaded walk that made it 4-0 in the third. Sophomore Ross Ripple came on and kept it a four-run contest. It was the shortest outing of McLaughlin’s young career as he entered the game with a team-best 4-2 mark and 2.60 ERA.

Georgia (12-24, 2-12 SEC) pushed across its first run in the fourth on an RBI-fielder’s choice from senior Kyle Farmer.  It was his team-leading 35th RBI. The Tigers got it back with a solo home run from Damek Tomscha with two outs in the fifth for a 5-1 advantage. After the next two Auburn hitters reached on base hits, Georgia looked to Mike Mancuso. He surrendered a two-run double to Tella before getting Ebert to end the fifth with Auburn leading 7-1. Georgia scored two unearned runs in the seventh following an error by Tomscha. Curt Powell’s RBI-single capped the scoring that made it 7-3. Georgia pushed another run across in the eighth on a one-out RBI-double from Brett DeLoach. However, the Bulldogs left the bases loaded in that frame. Auburn responded with a run in its half of the eighth off freshman David Gonzalez for the final.

Michael O’Neal went seven innings to pick up the win to move his record to 7-2 while McLaughlin fell to 4-3.

The second nine-inning game will begin at 5:20 p.m. ET. Georgia will start sophomore left-hander Jared Walsh (1-3, 2.95 ERA) while the Tigers counter with junior left-hander Will Kendall (0-3, 4.97 ERA).                                                                                                                             

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