AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn scored six times in the sixth inning to erase a two-run deficit and an 8-4 win over Maine on Sunday. The win improved the baseball team's record to 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and just the 17th time since 1949.
"It wasn't easy today. We were down 3-1 in the sixth inning and we didn't have much momentum going," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We got a little of a momentum shift. That says a lot about the leaders in this clubhouse. They knew what the challenge was and how important this game was. Fortunately for us we were able to put some runs together in the sixth inning."
Trailing 3-1 going to the bottom of the sixth, Auburn sent 11 men to the plate in the inning, scoring all six runs before there were two outs in the inning. Freshman Jordan Ebert delivered the big hit, singling to right-center to bring Cullen Wacker and Sam Gillikin home to break a 3-3 tie.
"To get a sweep and to get a little momentum, it's going to help the fan support and it's a spark for our team," Ebert said. "This could turn into a really good year and this is a great way to start it off."
Auburn's offense was far from done there as Dan Glevenyak and Ryan Tella each stroked run-scoring singles to push the lead to 7-3 Auburn.
Glevenyak, Damek Tomscha and Ebert all finished the day with two hits as eight out of nine Auburn starters collected at least one hit and seven out of nine drove in a run.
Chase Williamson (1-0) earned his first career win for Auburn, logging 3 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out one. He entered in the sixth in relief of starter Dillon Ortman with a man on third and one out and Auburn down, 2-1. After a two-out, two-strike passed ball allowed a run to score, he struck out the final hitter of the inning.
"Coming in in a tight situation and the offense puts up a lot of runs for you, it means a lot out there on the mound," Williamson said.
Williamson retired Maine (0-4) in order in the seventh and then worked around a leadoff error and a single to get out of the eighth. A one-out walk and a pair of two-out singles pushed another run across, prompting a move to Jay Wade with Auburn up four and the tying run on deck.
Wade, making his second appearance of the season, needed just three pitches to get the final out of the game and nail down his first career save.
Maine starter Mike Connolly (0-1) took the loss as he was charged with four runs in 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and walking two while striking out three.
Maine went up 1-0 on a Colin Gay home run in the third and stretched the lead to 2-0 on a Eric White sac fly in the fourth before Auburn cut the deficit in half on a Tomscha RBI double in the bottom of the fourth.
The win was Auburn's fourth come-from-behind win of the weekend after having nine in all of 2012.
Auburn returns to the field on Friday at 6pm against Middle Tennessee State as part of the Auburn Baseball Tournament. College of Charleston and Indiana State are also a part of the tournament and will play the first game of the day on Friday at 2pm at Plainsman Park.
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