Kevin Patterson's seventh-inning three-run home run into
the K Korner in right completed the Auburn baseball team's comeback on
Saturday afternoon as it defeated Ole Miss, 9-7, to claim a third
straight SEC series win. The win improved Auburn's record to 22-17, 9-9
SEC while Ole Miss dropped to 24-17, 9-9 SEC.
"I didn't hit it great but I knew I got under it enough, I just didn't
know if I got enough to get it out," Patterson said. "We just keep
playing hard. Our pitchers are pitching their butts off. You have to
chip away when you can. You are not going to score nine runs an inning
all the time."
Patterson, who also homered in Friday night's contest and has now
homered four times in his career against Ole Miss, took a 2-0 offering
from R.J. Hively (0-2) and sent it just over the wall in right for his
seventh home run of the season and an 8-7 Auburn lead. The three-run
blast marked the only time that Auburn scored more than a single run in
an inning despite scoring in seven out of eight frames.
"The kids being down early, we were fortunate that we could scrap and
score in seven out of eight innings today," Auburn Head Coach John
Pawlowski said. "We were hoping that at some point we would have a
multiple-run inning and certainly KP (Patterson) stepped up and provided
us with a big home run."
Slade Smith (2-0) threw seven innings out of the bullpen to pick up his
first win since Opening Day, allowing two runs on four hits and three
walks, striking out a season-high four.
"The offense scoring in seven out of eight innings, never letting up,
and the defense doing its job behind me that helps my confidence a lot,"
Smith said. "This is a huge win. If you look at the big picture of it,
we are right in the thick of things in the SEC West."
"Slade stepped up big time today," Pawlowski said. "I felt like Slade
had good command. He was throwing strikes and we were going to let him
go and see what he could do. He is a lot more confident right now. He
went out there, threw strikes and got some ground balls."
Auburn trailed 5-2 after two as Matt Tracy (1-for-3, BB, 3 RBI) hit a
three-run home run in the first and Alex Yarbrough (3-for-5, 2 RBI)
drove in a pair with a two-run single to right in the second to knock
Jon Luke Jacobs out of the game after just two innings and five runs
(three earned) on three hits and three walks.
Auburn narrowed the deficit to a run, 5-4, with a Creede Simpson
(0-for-4) RBI groundout in the third and a Casey McElroy (0-for-4, RBI)
sac fly in the fourth.
Ole Miss reclaimed a three-run advantage, 7-4, in the top of the fifth
off of Smith when Matt Snyder (2-for-4) drove in two with a double to
Patterson (1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI) drove in a run with a RBI
groundout in the fifth to make it 7-5.
Wes Gilmer (2-for-3) added an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI
single to right.
Tony Caldwell (3-for-5, 2B) and Cullen Wacker (0-for-3) each drove in a
run in the first two innings.
Justin Fradejas went 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot, scoring twice.
In its last nine SEC games, Auburn has outscored its opponents 49-14
from innings six through nine, going 7-2.
Auburn remains at home for a pair of midweek games, playing host to
Samford on Tuesday and Texas Southern on Wednesday. Both games start at