After an electric comeback win the night before, Auburn looked to lock down another win to secure the series against Georgia. With help from its new additions, the Tigers put down the Bulldogs 6-3. This was the ninth game where the Tigers made a comeback win.
“I can’t say it enough just how resilient of a bunch we are. You know, we really pride ourselves on not playing the scoreboard, knowing that we’re never out of a game,” said right-fielder Justin Kirby. “We all really believe in each other, and it’s a close locker room.”
Kirby led the team with one run, one hit, and one home run with three RBIs. Freshman Ike Irish had one run, one hit, and one home run with two RBIs. Cole Foster had two runs and a double. Caden Green ended the night with one run and two hits.
Down 3-0 in the fifth inning, Irish got Auburn’s offense rolling with a home run — the first of his career.
“So we were down 2-0 instead of just, you know, kicking it to the curb and getting crazy big numbers. So we avoided the beginning and were able to hang around till the offense clicked in — Kirby’s big swing,” said head coach Butch Thompson. “We got some stuff going, and then, you know, these insurance runs later are huge... (Georgia) still got 10 hits, but I thought we battled a really good team.”
Following Irish’s lead, Kirby scored his eighth home run of the season, sending Kason Howell and Foster home.
“I got a little bit closer to what I was trying to execute throughout my first two at-bats but was still unsuccessful," Kirby said. "Then my third at-bat, I really made sure to execute my plan. I got a good pitch with two strikes that I knew I could handle. I stayed short, tried to be smooth and not hard, and good things happen."
Securing his fifth win, John Armstrong allowed five hits and no runs. Armstrong recorded no strikeouts with one walk in 2.2 innings.
“I feel like me creating ground balls just adds a little something, and maybe it just sparks some guys,” Armstrong said. “Maybe it’s more of a psychological ‘I need to lock in here.’ Then it kind of just goes to the bats. I feel like when I come in and start creating ground balls, it kind of locks in the guys a little bit more.”
In the ninth, Chase Isbell took over on the mound, allowing no hits or runs. Earning his second save, Isbell racked up two strikeouts and one walk in one inning.
Junior Tanner Bauman started on the mound for the Tigers — his third start of the season. Allowing two runs and four hits, Bauman recorded two strikeouts and two walks in 2.2 innings.
Sophomore Chase Allsup replaced Bauman and allowed only one hit and one run. Allsup had three strikeouts, one walk and two wild pitches in 2.2 innings.
“I just think we’re getting a little bit better even from last night,” Thompson said. “Tonight we did a better job on the two strikes from the situations of making a pitch instead of just leaving…something (Georgia) could handle and hit and do a little bit of damage…I thought we held in there.”
Wrapping up the series, the Tigers play the Bulldogs on Saturday at 2 p.m. CST, hoping to sweep the series. Freshman Zach Crotchfelt will start on the mound for the series finale.
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Caitlyn Griffin is a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama, majoring in journalism. She started with The Plainsman in fall 2022.