Gillikin sparks Tigers in victory over Kennesaw State

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AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn baseball beat Kennesaw State Tuesday night 10-5 at Plainsman Park.

The No. 21 Tigers won for the 12th time in 14 games, improving to 18-8 going into their weekend home series against Missouri.

Auburn plays their first game against Missouri Thursday night on ESPNU. Kennesaw State lost its seventh straight and fell to 12-16.

Sophomore Sam Gillikin, a highly regarded signee out of Hoover High School in 2013, played his sixth game since returning from back problems. He was 3-for-3, drove in two runs and scored three to lift his batting average to .429.

Gillikin’s two-run double sparked a four-run Auburn second. The Tigers got two more in the third on Ryan Tella’s leadoff home run over the right field fence and Keegan Thompson’s run-scoring double to take a 6-0 lead.

Auburn Trey Wingenter didn’t retire a hitter in the top of the sixth. Jacob Millman and Daniel Koger finally got the Owls out, but they scored five times with the help of four wild pitches, four hits, two walks and an error

Auburn’s Thursday game against Missouri starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday’s game starts at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s game at noon.