Through the first seven innings against Samford, Auburn mustered only one hit and ended the game with three total. On a quiet offensive night, the Tigers fell 6-1 to Samford Wednesday at the Hoover Met Stadium.
Auburn had a hard time executing offensively against the Bulldogs. Kason Howell came through with the Tigers' only run as he hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.
“The story tonight and of these last two games is just our at-bats have deteriorated,” said head coach Butch Thompson. “I think that’s the biggest thing I look at tonight. That really has my undivided attention heading into this critical series against Texas A&M.”
Samford was able to get on the board in the third inning after coming close to scoring in the second when a runner was on third with only one out. Jack Sokol was able to get a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning but was unable to hold on in the third.
In the third, Samford's Tyler McManus followed a one-out double and a pair of walks with a grand slam to left field, putting the Bulldogs ahead 4-0.
Sokol was charged with two of the runs and was given the loss for the night.
In the fourth inning, Samford added another run to the scoreboard, and after a scoreless fifth inning by Will Morrison, the Bulldogs tacked on one more run making the score 6-0.
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Hoover native Garrett Farquhar had a solid game, drawing a leadoff walk in the sixth inning and doubled on the first pitch he saw in the third.
“It was good to see Garrett Farquhar get a start here being back home in Hoover,” Thompson said. “I thought he played a great ballgame tonight.”
Auburn’s only hit until Howell’s home run in the eighth inning was Farquhar’s double in the third. The homer was Howell’s sixth of the season.
The Tigers will return to Plainsman Park on Friday to host Texas A&M for a three-game series. The first pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST, and the game will be broadcast on SEC Network-plus.
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