Tuesday: #16 Auburn 7, Georgia Tech 4
W: Calvin Coker (1-1) | L: Ben Schneiderjans (0-1) | S: Cole Lipscomb (4)
After a Sunday loss, the Jackets looked to get back to winning on Tuesday night versus the Auburn Tigers in the first of a two game home-and-home series. Redshirt junior righty Ben Schneiderjans (0-0, 2.70 ERA) went against Freshman right hander Christian Camacho (0-1, 2.70 ERA). The Tigers were coming off a home sweep of a really good Florida team, while Tech had dropped their weekend series to North Carolina at home. The weather was far nicer than one week ago, about 30 degrees warmer with a chance of rain late.
This game was a pitchers’ duel early, but Auburn scored first in the 3rd on a leadoff double by Conor Davis and two-out RBI double by Jonah Todd to make it 1-0. Schneiderjans had 5 strikeouts through three innings, but got into more trouble when he walked the first two batters in the 4th. He paid for it when Davis singled home both runners, thanks to Chase Murray letting the ball get past him, to make it a 3-0 Auburn lead.
Tech missed its own chance in the 4th when Ryan Peurifoy hit into an inning-ending double play with two on -- an all-too-familiar sight recently.
Jared Datoc came in to pitch for Tech in the 5th, but couldn't slow down the Tigers as they scored twice more on a single and two doubles to make it 5-0.
The Jackets were able to knock Camacho out of the game with one out in the 5th when Wade Bailey got hit by a pitch after Austin Wilhite blasted a towering home run off of the batters’ eye in center field. Calvin Coker came in and walked Carter Hall, but got out of further trouble. The Jackets continued to fail on clutch hitting opportunities.
Auburn added more in the 6th with a single and their fifth double of the game to push the lead to 6-1. A clutch two-out single by McGuffin did even more damage, making it a 7-1 Auburn lead.
Corey Herndon came in to pitch for Auburn in the bottom of the 6th and give up a solo homer to Coleman Poje that made it 7-2, though that was all the Jackets could muster.
Robert Winborne came in to shut Auburn down in the 7th and did so despite giving up a leadoff double – Auburn’s sixth of the game.
In the bottom of the 7th, Wilhite walked and Hall got his first hit of the year – a two-run homer over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 7-4. Immediately after, Ryan Watson entered to pitch, shutting down the Georgia Tech rally.
Winborne got into trouble in the 8th by putting the first two on before getting a strikeout and double play to keep Auburn off the scoreboard and keeping Georgia Tech within striking distance at 7-4. However, Tech could do nothing in the 8th or 9th and the game ended at that score with a storm fast approaching.
Schneiderjans got the loss, Camacho the win as Auburn comprehensively outplayed Tech, despite the Jackets’ 3 home runs. Tech is now 12-7 (2-4) on the year. The Yellow Jackets are headed to Winston-Salem this weekend for a three-game set with Wake Forest.