Auburn, Ala. – Adam Polk pitched five hitless innings and Michael Bishop hit a two-run home run to lead Jacksonville State to a 6-1 win over Auburn as the Gamecocks have now won three of the last four meetings against the Tigers.
Jacksonville State improves to 30-23 on the season, reaching the 30-win mark for the 10th time in the last 11 years, while Auburn drops to 31-21 on the season.
Polk had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the fifth inning and gave up just two hits in 5 2/3 innings of work with a pair of strikeouts to earn the win. Daniel Koger (0-3) gave up five runs on three hits to suffer the loss for the Tigers.
Jax State got on the scored board in the third inning after Cal Lambert reached on a two-out single to left center, before Bishop hit the first pitch he saw over the left field green monster to give the Gamecocks the early 2-0 lead.
The Gamecocks then plated four runs in the fourth inning to extend the lead after Griff Gordon and Coty Blanchard each walked to lead off the inning. Paschal Petrongolo then doubled to left field to score Gordon, before Andrew Bishop doubled down the right field line to score Blanchard and Petrongolo as JSU built a 5-0 lead. Andrew Bishop moved to third on a grounder and then scored after Gavin Golsan had an infield grounder to give the Gamecocks a 6-0 lead.
Auburn loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but Ben Haynes came in a struck out Jordan Ebert to end the scoring threat. The Tigers scored their only run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Ebert, before Haynes, Cody Ponder and Travis Stout recorded the final six outs to secure the win for the Gamecocks.
Jax State finished with six hits as Michael Bishop, Andrew Bishop, Gordon, Petrongolo and Lambert each had hits, while Michael and Andrew each drove in two runs for the Gamecocks. Auburn’s Damek Tomscha had two of Auburn’s five hits in the game.
Jacksonville State returns to action with the final three-game Ohio Valley Conference series of the year as the Gamecocks host Morehead State. Thursday and Friday’s games will begin at 6:30 p.m., while the regular-season finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Courtesy JSU Media Relations