Tigers split twinbill with South Carolina


AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn Tigers split a doubleheader with South Carolina Saturday. The Tigers won the first game 4-2 before falling 3-2 in the nightcap.

In Game 1 Auburn did all of its scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Damek Tomscha brought in a run on a groundout followed by a three-run blast over the left field wall by Blake Edwards.

South Carolina scored a run in the third and one in the sixth, but the Tigers were able to hold onto the lead thanks to the pitching of Dillon Ortman.

Ortman (7-2) pitched a complete game and gave up two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

In Game 2 Auburn once again did all of its scoring in a single inning. Ryan Tella hit a bunt to the pitcher which ended in a single and an RBI followed by an RBI single by Dan Glevenyak.

The Gamecocks put one run on the board in the top of the seventh, but in their last at bat South Carolina scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead. Auburn was unable to score in the bottom of the ninth, and the Gamecocks came away with the win.

Starting pitcher Keegan Thompson threw for eight innings and gave up one run on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

Auburn (22-18, 7-10 SEC) will host South Carolina for the final game of the three-game series Sunday at 2 p.m.

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