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Tigers Welcome In-State Foe Jacksonville State to Plainsman Park

Blake Logan picked up 2RBI on a double in the first inning of Auburn's 4-0 win over UAB on Tuesday

(Photo: Auburn Athletics/Wade Rackley)

Auburn Baseball (13-5) returns to the diamond Wednesday to face Jacksonville State (8-7) at 3 P.M. at Plainsman Park. The Tigers earned their NCAA-leading seventh shutout of the season on Tuesday by defeating UAB, 4-0. After a scoreless first inning of work by Andrew Mitchell, Gabe Klobosits tossed six scoreless innings, striking out three. Ryan Watson closed the game by striking out two batters over the eighth and ninth innings. Auburn picked up two runs in the 1st inning on a double by Blake Logan that scored Josh Anthony and Dylan Ingram. The Tigers scored two runs again in the sixth inning off of a Luke Jarvis double, and a pinch-hit single by Conor Davis. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks enter today’s contest, a make-up of February 21’s regularly scheduled game, with an 8-7 record. Like Auburn, Jacksonville State will be playing their second game in as many days against an in-state foe. Tuesday, the Gamecocks downed Samford at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, 9-5. Striking early, Jacksonville State led the Bulldogs of Samford 6-1 by the end of the second inning and continued to score one run in the third, fourth, and seventh inning. Taylor Hawthorne and Trent Simpson each went 2-for-5 in the win, Simpson plated two, also hitting a home run. Hawthorne had a double and a RBI. Corley Woods earned the win with 3.2 innings of relief work, allowing three hits and an earned run while striking out six. The win over Samford ended a three-game losing streak for the Gamecocks. Austin Peay swept Jacksonville State last weekend in the Ohio Valley Conference opener, outscoring them 18-9. The Gamecocks series wins over Florida International and Western Kentucky on the season while picking up key mid-week wins over Alabama, Samford, and Bowling Green. Auburn will throw Christian Camacho on Wednesday. Last time out, Camacho struck out two and allowed three hits against South Alabama on March 7. He was credited with the loss after allowing two earned runs over four innings in the 14-3 loss to the Jaguars. Michael McCreless is the projected starter for Jacksonville State. This will be the first start for McCreless, in three appearances this season, the senior has allowed three hits in 2.2 innings on the mound. Auburn battles Jacksonville State on Wednesday at 3 P.M. at Plainsman Park.

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