Late South Alabama homers sink Auburn

MOBILE – South Alabama hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning and then hit a walk-off three-run home run in the 11th inning to beat No. 18 Auburn, 10-9, at Stanky Field on Tuesday night.

The loss snapped Auburn's modest five-game winning streak and dropped its overall record to 33-16 while South Alabama improved to 30-20 and earned a season split in the two-game series.

"It's obviously a disappointing loss. We let a lot of opportunities go by throughout the course of the game," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Late in the ball game we have to be able to execute a few pitches and we didn't. They put some good swings on it. Give credit to South Alabama, they deserved to come back and they found a way to win."

The bottom four in Auburn's lineup (Casey McElroy, Ryan Jenkins, Gamache and Gilmer) combined to get 12 of Auburn's 19 hits, three of which were home runs, and scored eight of the team's nine runs, with each scoring twice.

Sean Ray (2-2) took the loss for Auburn, allowing the three-run home run to Sean Laird.

South Alabama's Lance Baxter moved to 6-1 by recording the final two outs in the top of the 11th, despite being tagged for a run on two hits and a walk.