In a game that lasted more than 4 and a half hours, No. 22 Auburn ran out of steam in the end as the Tigers dropped its midweek finale at Troy, 9-5, last night in Troy. Auburn trailed 5-4 coming out of a 33-minute rain delay and tied the game in the top of the seventh inning as Edouard Julien drew a bases-loaded walk. The two teams then went into a lightning delay that lasted 57 minutes, and the Tigers left the bases loaded coming out of the stop in play. From there, Troy (36-17) scored four runs on a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh and a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win. After starting pitcher Jack Owen stranded four runners in the first two innings, Troy got to the freshman and tied the game on a two-out RBI single in the top of the third. Auburn answered in its next at-bat as the first four batters reached and the Tigers reclaimed the lead on a bases-loaded walk from Jay Estes. With the bases loaded and one out, freshman left fielder Judd Ward beat out a potential double play ball and a pair of runs came in to score as Brendan Venter scored to make it 4-1 Auburn. But, with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the sixth inning, Troy started a rally and eventually took a 5-4 lead on a bases-clearing double.
Auburn left the bases loaded and went down in order for the final seven outs while Troy received a pair of big hits that proved to be the difference.
Auburn returns home to finish out the regular season scheduled with a three-game series against LSU (32-21, 14-13 SEC). First pitch in the series opener is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.