Curt Powell notched an RBI and made three defensive gems Saturday in game one.
April 13, 2013
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).