Auburn 6, South Carolina 4
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Auburn’s Bradley Hendrix picked up his seventh win to lead the Tigers past South Carolina and even the SEC series.
The Tigers earned their first win on a Saturday in Columbus, S.C., for the first time since 1997.
Austin Hubbard, who is leading the league in saves, earned his ninth.
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Hendrix threw three innings in relief of starter Jon Luke Jacobs.
Auburn (25-1, 8-9) used three straight singles to ignite a five-run third.
Casey McElroy topped off the inning with his fifth home run.
Hunter Morris hit his ninth home run of the season in the top of the fifth to put Auburn ahead 6-0.
The Tigers gave up two runs in the fifth.
South Carolina’s Nolan Belcher threw eight innings despite the loss.
In other news, Auburn coach John Pawlowski’s daughter took in her first game. Mary-Louise Pawlowski has been battling cancer over the past year and hadn’t seen her dad coach a game since he arrived at Auburn this past offseason.
The rubber game of the series will start at 1:30 p.m. Auburn has not decided on a starting pitcher.