Auburn baseball made its first steps toward improving its record against South Carolina on Sunday by securing their first victory against the side since 1997 in a 3-0 shutout on Sunday at Carolina stadium. Before Sundays win the record was set at 13 consecutive series, and the matchup dropped the Gamecocks to 27-21, 10-14 on the year.
With the help of a brave sacrifice fly by Damon Haecker, the Tigers established a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, which was stretched to a 3-0 lead in the sixth following a two-run double by Kyler Deese. Daniel Robert made an impact with three good hits, and Anfernee Grier offered up a pair of hits scoring a run and a stolen base.
To take the win home Justin Camp pitched 3.1 innings in relief, striking out three with no hits allowed. Dalton Rentz started for Auburn and pitched 4.2 innings allowing two hits, three walks and not a single run.
Meanwhile in Monroe Louisiana, Troy University were busy winning the series finale against the Warhawks, earning an early lead and carrying it out until the end against an impressive counter push in the 6th and 7th by the local team.
Troy started as they meant to go on with David Hall scoring an RBI single in the first inning. The Trojans extended this to 3-0 in the second In the second, with Tripp Calhoun singling home Nick Masonia, and Reid Long legging out an infield single to score Shaw Pinnell.
Come the fifth David Hall made his second mark where he doubled to left center. Logan Hill followed scoring on the base hit. TJ Binder then contributed an RBI single, and Reid Long marked up another RBI with a single in the sixth.
The Warhawks comeback effort began as with a runner on base, Keelin Rasch drove a ball over the wall in left for a two-run home run. One pitch later, Justin Stawychny crushed a solo homer off the light pole in left field to cut the Trojans lead to 6-3. Reliever Corey Childress then scored twice to pull the Warhawks within one. In the Eighth, thanks to Logan Hill’s eighth home run of the season, a two-run blast to the left, and Austin Crook taking a two-hit shutout into the sixth, the Trojans pulled ahead to secure the victory and the series finale.