Auburn, Ala. – The Auburn baseball team came from behind for the 16th time this season, defeating Samford, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field. With the win Auburn improved to 23-14 while Samford fell to 19-19.
“We certainly don’t script it that way,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said of the comeback. “(Samford) hit two solo home runs but we kept a lot of their guys off base. They are a team that can score a lot of runs in a hurry with home runs but I thought we did a very good job pitching-wise with all the guys we ran out there.”
Auburn fell behind in the third- and fifth- innings but used a two-run seventh and a three-run ninth to pick up its first win at Samford since 2010.
Justin Camp threw three near-perfect innings out of the bullpen to earn his second save of the season, striking out three while walking two, both coming in the eighth.
“I can’t say enough about the job Justin Camp did. What an outstanding performance. He was in total command,” Pawlowski said.
“It felt good to get out there tonight and have a lot of success because that is a solid hitting team,” Camp said. “My slider was really good tonight and I was able to set it up with fastballs.”
Trailing 2-1 going to the seventh, Damek Tomscha hit a game-tying home run to start the inning. Hunter Kelley followed with a walk, stole second and went to third on a Mitchell Self single. Ryan Tella then drove in Kelley with the go-ahead run with a single to take the 3-2 lead.
Auburn put the game away in the ninth as each of the first five hitters reached base. Tella struck out to start the inning but reached first on a throwing error on the Samford catcher. Jordan Ebert followed with a single and both scored on a Cullen Wacker double, his second of the game. Two batters later Blake Austin drove in Wacker with his career-high-tying fourth hit of the game.
Dillon Ortman (2-1) threw two innings to pick up the win, allowing a run on one hit while Samford starter Eric Wright (3-2) allowed three runs on eight hits in six-plus innings to take the loss.
Samford took a 1-0 lead in the third on Brandon Haarer’s leadoff home run off of Chase Williamson.
Auburn tied it at 1-1 in the fifth on a Tella RBI groundout. Kelley had led off the inning with a double down the line and went to third on a Mitchell Self sacrifice bunt before scoring on Tella’s grounder to first.
Christiaan Durdaller’s eighth home run of the season, a solo shot just left of the batter’s eye in center, gave Samford a 2-1 lead in the fifth.
Auburn remains on the road, heading to No. 10 Mississippi State for a Southeastern Conference Thursday, Friday and Saturday series.
Courtesy AU Media Relations