Keegan Thompson, Anfernee Grier (Russell County) lead Auburn past Mercer

FROM STAFF REPORTSMarch 8, 2014 

AUBURN, Ala. -- Freshman Keegan Thompson allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings to lead Auburn to a 4-1 win over Mercer at Plainsman Park on Saturday.

That comes on the heels of a complete-game one-hit shutout he pitched last weekend.

"I felt a little better today than last week, threw a little harder," Thompson told auburntigers.com. "My offspeed wasn't working as well as it did last week."

"I thought he was really outstanding," Auburn coach Sunny Golloway told auburntigers.com. "I know there were only two strikeouts. They made a conscious decision they weren't going to swing at anything off-speed and just put the ball in play. There were a lot of pitches we were surprised and Keegan was surprised they weren't swinging at.

"I thought he was just as sharp and just as good as he has been. We wanted to get him out of there with the conference opener next week."

Russell County product Anfernee Grier, another freshman, had two of Auburn's five hits in the game. He had a two-run single in the third inning.

Auburn goes for the sweep at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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