Auburn, Ala.—Auburn freshman pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill allowed three runs on seven hits in eight innings and first baseman Patrick Savage had two hits, including his fifth home run, and four RBI as the Tigers took down Florida A&M 11-3 Monday night at Plainsman Park. The win improves Auburn to 29-23 overall with one regular season non-conference game remaining on Tuesday against Jacksonville State.
The story of the game was the pitching of Cochran-Gill. Making his sixth start of the season he faced very little trouble in getting deep into the game for the Tigers to improve to 5-2. With four games in the next five days that’s something that is huge for Auburn’s pitching staff said Coach John Pawlowski.
"Playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Arkansas and two games this week and then playing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday against Florida that's a lot of innings to be had," Pawlowski said. "We needed somebody to go out there and hopefully go deep in the ballgame. Trey did that for us today. It gives us an opportunity now to have the rest of the bullpen for tomorrow's game."
Trey Cochran-Gill improved to 5-2 with the win
For Savage it continued a hot streak since taking over for an injured Garrett Cooper at first base in Thursday’s win over Arkansas. In his last four games Savage has hit three home runs and has eight RBI. Jay Gonzalez and Ryan Tella both added two hits as well on a night when the Tigers struck for seven early runs and coasted to victory.
"We jumped out and scored seven runs in the first inning," Pawlowski said. "We got a couple of walks with five base hits. I think we got seven or eight base runners. Patrick Savage comes up again with a big home run. It was some really good things in the first inning. We took the momentum and kept it in our dugout."
It didn’t take long for Auburn to take complete control of Monday night’s contest against struggling Florida A&M (7-45). Leading off the game Jay Gonzalez singled and stole second before a walk to Creede Simpson put two on for Ryan Tella. The Auburn center fielder singled home Gonzalez to put Auburn on the board. The second stolen base of the inning moved Tella to second and Justin Bryant followed with a single of his own to make it 2-0 and bring Savage to the plate.
Getting a pitch to drive, the Auburn first baseman launched a home run over the wall in left field for his fifth bomb of the season and third in his last four games. That put the Tigers up 5-0 and before the inning was complete they had added two more to take a touchdown lead on the Rattlers.
The visitors struck for single runs in the third and fourth inning to climb back into the game momentarily and reliever Thomas Barwick shut down the Auburn offense in the meantime. Pitching four scoreless innings after coming in with no outs in the first, the left-hander left the game in the fifth with Miles Williams taking over for FAMU.
With one out Savage recorded his second hit of the night with a double down the left field line to get the inning going. A walk to Dan Glevenyak put two on for catcher Caleb Bowen, but a pop up for the second out meant the Tigers needed some two-out magic. They got just that in the form of mistakes from FAMU.
The second walk of the inning, this one to Bobby Andrews, loaded the bases for Auburn third baseman Mitchell Self. Already with a hit on the game, his ground ball to second appeared to end the inning but FAMU’s John Scott threw the ball away at first. The error allowed two runs to score and made it 9-2 Auburn. The Tigers tacked on the 10th run of the game as a wild pitch allowed Self to score from third.
That’s how things remained into the eighth inning as Cochran-Gill settled in on the mound for the Tigers. Unfortunately the same was true of Auburn’s hitters as the Tigers had just three hits from the second inning through the seventh. In the eighth the Rattlers got on the board again with a solo home run from Aaron Smith. It was his fourth home run of the season, but just the seventh for FAMU this year.
The Tigers tacked on a run in the bottom of the eighth on a Savage sacrifice fly and got a scoreless ninth from freshman pitcher Rocky McCord to make the final 11-3.
Auburn will return to action Tuesday night as the Tigers take on Jacksonville State (23-27) at 6 p.m. at Plainsman Park.
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