Luke Jarvis’ RBI single in the 8th inning broke a tie, and ultimately gave Auburn baseball (17-1) the 5-4 win over Memphis on Wednesday
The Auburn baseball team rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning by scoring three runs to tie Memphis at 4-4. After stalling Memphis in the top of the 8th inning, Jarvis became the hero off the bench.
Edouard Julien singled to open the inning, then Brett Wright reached base in the form of a walk. Jarvis grabbed a bat to hit for Jeremy Johnson and singled to left field, scoring Julien and giving Auburn the 5-4 lead. Memphis was sat down in order in the 9th, and Auburn held on to win their 17th game of the season.
Auburn and Memphis traded runs in the 2nd inning. Memphis’ first base runner reached with two outs on a single but would end up at 2nd base on an error by Jeremy Johnson. The error seemed to rattle starter Ryan Watson, as the next two batters reached base.
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Kyle O’Keefe walked, then Colton Neel plated Jason Santana on a single, giving Memphis the 1-0 lead. Johnson redeemed himself in the bottom of the 1st inning, by hitting a bases-loaded infield single to tie the game.
Memphis regained the lead after scoring twice in the 4th inning. Watson walked O’Keefe, which was the last batter he would face. Blake Schilleci entered the game from the bullpen and allowed the second run to score on a sacrifice fly by Neel.
Memphis would score their final run in the 7th inning on an RBI single by Cale Henneman, moving Memphis ahead 4-1.
A wild pitch, a balk, and a double in the bottom of the 7th inning would tie the game. Jay Estes scored on a wild pitch from third base after reaching base on a single, Brett Wright scored from third on a balk, then Will Holland scored on a one-out double by Brendan Venter.
Another game decided by the bullpen
Auburn utilized their bullpen well in the final non-conference game before conference play. Welby Malczewski earned the win after striking out four Memphis Tigers in two innings of work. Ryan Watson got the start, lasting 3.1 innings and allowing three runs.
Blake Schilleci had a great day in relief allowing one hit and striking out a batter in 1.2 innings. Corey Herndon allowed the final run of the day to Memphis in the 7th inning, he worked two innings.
Conference Play Begins
Auburn opens conference play against Texas A&M on Friday with an 18-1 record. Game one between the Tigers and Aggies gets underway at 7 P.M. at Plainsman Park. SEC Network will have television coverage of game one.