Auburn baseball scored four runs in the first inning, but dropped a slugfest with LSU 9-8 on Wednesday at the Hoover Met in the 2015 SEC Tournament.
“I thought our guys came out and did a tremendous job getting a lead and attacking their starting pitcher [Jared] Poche,” Auburn head coach Sunny Golloway said. “We put the five runs and they countered with the three. It was important for us to counter and we got the three back. You cannot really ask much more of an offense out there.”
Auburn (35-23) jumped on LSU starter Jared Poche’ for five runs in the first inning. The Tigers used three hits, two walks and an error to take the early lead.
Poche’ allowed five runs on three hits in one inning pitched. Doug Norman (5-1) earned the victory with two innings of relief as LSU used six relievers to finish the game.
Blake Logan had a run-scoring single, followed by a long single from Alex Polston that plated two. Cody Nulph made it 5-0 with his two-run double.
After allowing three runs in the second, Auburn answered back with a pair in the top of the third on a two-run single by Jordan Ebert. The Tigers stretched their lead to 8-3 on a sac fly by Melvin Gray in the fourth.
Logan had two hits and scored twice. Ebert had two hits and two RBIs.
LSU (47-9) scored six runs in the fifth to take a 9-8 lead off starter Rocky McCord and reliever Trey Wingenter. LSU had six hits in the inning and took advantage of one Auburn error.
McCord allowed six runs on six hits in four-plus innings. Wingenter (1-6) took the loss with three runs allowed in three innings.
Chris Sciambra and Jared Foster both had two hits and two RBIs.
Auburn faces the loser of the Arkansas/Florida on Thursday in an elimination game 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. CT game.