AUBURN, Ala. – For Troy fans who made the 90 mile trip to Auburn on Tuesday night, about the only thing good about the evening was the 50 cent hot dogs available at Plainsman Park.
Everything else went the Tigers way as Auburn got revenge for a loss to Troy earlier this year with a 16-3 victory in front of 2,680 fans. Those fans consumed a total of 6,793 hot dogs on the night.
The loss drops Troy to 18-19 on the year while Auburn improves to 25-13.
The 16 runs allowed by the Trojans in the game were the most this season and tied for the most since last year’s 26-6 loss to the Tigers in Auburn.
Auburn starter Cole Nelson (5-3) got the win despite working just two innings. He was the first of seven hurlers to take the mound for the Tigers. Troy starter Nick Ward (0-2) took the loss, allowing just one earned run on three hits in three innings.
Auburn got the board quickly in the first, scoring three times, two as a result of a dropped fly ball in right by Steven Felix. Hunter Morris followed the error with a two-run double and then scored on a single to center by Casey McElroy.
Troy had a chance to get those runs right back off Nelson, loading the bases in the second. That opportunity slipped away, however, when Nelson struck out Steven Rosado looking and then Chad Watson swinging to end the threat.
Auburn pushed its lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning off the second Troy pitcher, freshman Thomas Austin. Kevin Patterson blasted a solo homer for the first run before two singles, a walk and a hit batter forced in another.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 11-0 in the sixth, scoring six times, five off freshman Cass Abercrombie. A bunt single, Auburn’s fourth of the night, was followed by a sacrifice, a walk and back-to-back homers from Brian Fletcher and Morris.
After another walk, Jordan Mathers came on to pitch for Troy and gave up an RBI double to Patterson and a run scoring single to Ryan Jenkins, who was then picked off at first to end the inning.
Troy broke up the shutout with back-to-back doubles from Blake Martz and Steven Rosado in the seventh inning off Bradley Hendrix. Felix got the Trojans second run in the eighth on a solo homer to right.
Auburn added three more runs in the seventh off Mathers, one on a pinch-hit single by Creede Simpson and two more on the second two-run homer of the night for Morris. Justin Hargett hit a two-run homer off Robby Loew in the eighth to account for the final Auburn runs.
Troy got a final run in the ninth thanks to a pair of Auburn errors.
For Auburn, Morris led the way with four hits and five RBI. The Tigers pounded out a total of 18 hits in the game. Troy had just eight hits in the game, two by T.J. Rivera.
The Trojans will be back in action on Friday night in New Orleans when they open a three-game Sun Belt Conference series against the Privateers. The first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.