While a Huge Seventh Inning Helped Auburn to A 6-4 Victory Against Alabama, an Arkansas Victory Might Have Been More Significant!
- On Friday night at Plainsman Park, Auburn baseball defeated in-state foe Alabama 13-8 in its final exhibition game of the fall season.
- Auburn overcame a 3-2 deficit with six runs in the eighth inning. Justin Kirby’s solo homer over the right field bullpen started the inning, and Bobby Peirce’s two-out, a two-RBI single put the Tigers ahead. Ike Irish blasted his second exhibition homer, a three-run shot, to extend Auburn’s advantage to 8-3.
- Kason Howell had three hits, and Irish and Peirce each drove in four runs. Auburn used 20 position players and 10 pitchers.
- Alabama scored two runs in the third, while Auburn scored two in the fourth. Kason Howell doubled and scored on a bases-loaded walk by Peirce, and Irish tied it with an RBI fielder’s choice. In its next at-bat, Alabama scored an unearned run to regain the lead.
- Chase Allsup struck out five in the first two innings, while Joseph Gonzalez faced seven in the fifth and sixth. Both teams pitched three scoreless innings before Kirby’s shot began the six-run seventh.
- Alabama scored three in the eighth on a bases-clearing double, but Auburn scored four in the ninth on two-RBI hits from Mike Bello and Chris Stanfield.
- Carson Swilling, Tommy Vail, and Trevor Horne held Alabama scoreless in the ninth and 10th. Wesley Helmes hit a 12-inning RBI single to score Bryson Ware, who doubled and had two hits.
- Next week, Auburn hosts the Orange. Blue World Series at Plainsman Park.