Logan's Six RBI Game Leads Auburn To Win

Blake Logan

Freshman catcher Blake Logan had a three-run home run as he drove home six of Auburn's 13 runs in a baseball victory over Coppin State.

Auburn, Ala.--A standout during his playing days in Muscle Shoals, Auburn freshman catcher Blake Logan couldn't remember having a game quite like the one he had for the Tigers on Wednesday.

Entering the game with six runs batted in for the season, Logan blasted a three-run home run in in the first inning on the way to matching his RBI total for the season in Auburn's 13-2 victory over Coppin State.

With the win the No. 29 Tigers improved to 15-7 on the season and now get ready to face Tennessee on the road in a huge early season test for both teams. Winning two of three last weekend against Texas A&M and twice this week against Coppin State, Auburn has plenty of momentum heading on the road Coach Sunny Golloway pointed out.

"There is a lot of pressure on these young men," Golloway said. "For us to come out and show the intensity to take control of the game, and then relax and play our depth helps our team chemistry. Some of our guys have gotten to improve their numbers and that's good."

Logan really improved his numbers. In addition to his first-inning bomb over the left field wall, he also added a two-run single and a sacrifice fly as part of his monster day at the plate. One of 16 players who batted for the Tigers as they emptied the bench, Logan said for him it was a game he will remember for a long time.

"I didn't know how many it was," Logan said. "They kept telling me I was close to a record. I didn't know what they were talking about. I tried to go up there just nice and easy. My last few bats kind of ticked me off, but it was a pretty good day."

Blake Logan celebrates his home run

Back on the mound for his second start of the season, freshman Kevin Davis again struggled to find his rhythm on the mound. A power pitcher out of Brewton, Davis has battled tendonitis and didn't have his velocity to open the game against Coppin State. He also didn't have his control as three walks in the top of the first loaded the bases with one out.

Designated hitter Darien Percell's fly ball to right field scored leadoff hitter John Walls from third, but Davis recovered to get a ground ball and end the threat with Coppin State holding a 1-0 lead.

In the second inning Davis again had problems as he allowed a leadoff double and another walk to end his day early and bring on Wade out of the bullpen. Balking the runners to second and third with nobody out, Wade recovered to get a pair of ground ball outs to Damek Tomscha at third before getting a strikeout to keep the deficit at one.

That was big for the Tigers because they took control of the game with one swing of the bat from Logan in the bottom of the second. Leading off the inning Ryan Tella singled sharply to right field to bring Blake Austin to the plate.

With Tella on second following a stolen base, Austin's ground ball to short looked like it was cut down Tella at third but he was ruled safe. Stepping to the plate against Dillon O'Brien, Logan got a pitch to drive and blasted it over the Green Monster in left field. The home run was the first of the season for Logan and gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead going to the third.

"I fouled the first one off down the line," Logan said of his at-bat. "I was telling myself I needed to stay back. I still might have been a touch out front, but I put a good enough swing on it. I was just trying to life one in the outfield. It just so happened to get over that wall."

With Wade putting up another scoreless inning, Auburn offense came through with four more runs to end this one early. Walking to lead off the inning, Dan Glevenyak moved to second on a Tomscha single to left to bring up the heart of the Auburn order. Following a Ryan Tella fly ball out, Austin slammed a double off the wall in left to get the scoring started.

With runners on second and third it was time for Logan to do his thing once again as his single pushed both across for a 6-1 lead. Later in the inning the freshman scored on a Coppin State error to make it a six-run advantage for the Tigers.

Adding a single run in the fourth, Auburn's Daniel Koger gave up a run to start the fifth but the Tigers weren't going to be denied as they tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 11-2. Scoring single runs in the sixth and eighth innings, Auburn was able to get plenty of players in the action including junior Rocky McCord.

A pitcher for the Tigers who has seen action in just two games this season, McCord was a standout two-way player for Spanish Fort High School. Coming in to pinch-hit in the eighth inning, McCord hit a rocket up the middle that was stabbed by the Coppin State second baseman, but it went for an infield single. He played second base in the ninth inning and had an assist, finishing a memorable day that his teammates got a kick out of.

"When he struggles on the mound, he's still our best guy in the dugout," Golloway said. "That's true character. He has gotten to pitch a couple of times, like last night, walks three and struck out three. He'll travel. He'll be on our 27-man roster because he is very important to us. He is a fierce competitor whether he is on the yard or not."

The Tigers finished with 17 hits with Haecker's three leading the way. Tella, Austin and J.J. Shaffer all added two hits in addition to Logan.

Auburn will return to SEC action this weekend as the Tigers take on No. 14 Tennessee (18-2) in Knoxville. Game times for the weekend are 5 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. (CSS) on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All times are central.

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