Arms shine as No. 17 Auburn survives Samford

AUBURN, Alabama – Three pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts as No. 17 Auburn beat Samford, 4-1, Tuesday night at Plainsman Park.

mason barnet, Chase Allup and Jordan Armstrong combined to go the distance, holding Samford scoreless in the final eight frames. The 17 strikeouts were the second in a game this season.

“Overall it was very professional and we managed to win,” said the head coach. Butch Thompson mentioned. “We found a way to play clean baseball defensively and scored three of the last four innings.”

Samford (15-15) put his first three batters on board and scored on a double play in the first quarter, but Barnett (2-1, 4.70) kept the Bulldogs scoreless for the rest of his outing. The right-hander eventually recorded six strikeouts in five innings, striking out his last eight batters.

“I give credit to Mason,” added Thompson. “He came back with four more innings. His stuff got better and better and he threw more strikes while still being able to land on all three pitches.”

“I was a bit out of pace to start the first one,” Barnett said. “Then I was able to throw a few throws to get soft contact and got that double play which was huge. It kind of let me go from there.”

With Barnett keeping Samford in check on the mound, Auburn (23-10) tied the game with a run in third. Kason Howell hit a one-out single off the wall in left field and stole the second forward Cam Hill led it with an RBI single.

The scoring continued in the fifth inning after the Tigers charged the bases. Brody Moore hitting a single right field, bringing Jake Wyandt third to take a 2-1 lead.

Allsup came on in relief to start the sixth inning, and the freshman struck out five of the eight batters he faced in two scoreless innings.

Auburn added to their advantage late in the seventh. Howell hit an early triple to deep right field and eventually scored on an RBI pitch in the first of Brody Moorehis second RBI of the contest.

“It’s very important to stay consistent at the plate,” Howell said. “When you have a pitching performance like our staff did tonight, it’s our job as hitters to score more runs than the other team.”

Bobby Pierce added some confidence up the Tigers lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The home run was the first of Peirce’s career at Auburn and capped the game’s score.

Armstrong came in for the final two innings and struck out the final six batters he faced to earn his first stoppage of the season.

Howell and Moore both recorded two hits on the night, with one extra hit each. Blake Rambusch recorded his 52nd best SEC hit of the season with a single in the eighth.

“We have a lot of confidence in this team,” Howell said. “We focus a lot on day-to-day things and let the score take care of itself, which gives us that confidence.”

Auburn will be on the road this weekend for a Thursday-Saturday series against Mississippi State. Thursday’s first launch is scheduled for 6:00 PM CT on the SEC Network.

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