College Station, TX – The Auburn baseball team could muster just a single run on seven hits as it fell at No. 18 Texas A&M, 4-1, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. With the loss Auburn, which won the series, fell to 19-13, 3-9 SEC while Texas A&M improved to 20-13, 6-6 SEC.
Will Kendall (0-3) was charged for two runs in five innings, surrendering a run in the first and another in the fourth to take the loss.
“I thought Will Kendall did a very good job for us. He handled himself well out there, went deep into the game and I was very pleased with what he did and his ability to throw his change-up for strikes,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “It was a pitcher’s duel and unfortunately we couldn’t do much offensively. Give them credit. Their pitcher (Rafael Pineda) did an outstanding job. We took a lot of bad swings and some of the balls that we hit we weren’t able to square them up.”
Auburn’s lone run came in the fourth when Jordan Ebert tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a Cullen Wacker single to make it a 2-1 game.
Dillon Ortman was charged for the other two Texas A&M runs, allowing a run in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Texas A&M’s starter Pineda (3-2) went 7 2/3 innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk while striking out three.
Jason Jester picked up his eighth save, retiring the final four hitters in the game. He entered in the eighth with runners on the corners and Garrett Cooper at the plate but the Auburn first baseman flied out to right to end the scoring threat.
Texas A&M used a single, a successful hit-and-run and a sac fly to take the 1-0 lead in the first. In the fourth Blake Allemand doubled and scored on a Janathan Moroney triple to reclaim the lead at 2-1.
Alleman again singled and scored on a Cole Lankford double in the sixth for the 3-1 lead.
Mitchell Nau walked and was pinch ran for by J.B. Moss, who eventually scored on a passed ball for the final run of the game.
Ebert and Wacker each finished with two hits for Auburn as all seven hits came from the top five in Auburn’s order.
Allemand led Texas A&M with a 2-for-2 day, scoring the two runs.
Auburn returns home for four straight games, beginning Wednesday at 6pm against Alabama State for Dollar Hot Dog Night. Auburn will then play host to Georgia for a three-game SEC series beginning on Friday at 6pm.
Courtesy AU Media Relations