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Thompson pitches complete game in win

1232 days ago
Auburn Athletics

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn sophomore right-hander Keegan Thompson pitched a complete game and Auburn baseball walked off with a 3-2 win over Arkansas on Saturday night at Plainsman Park.

In the bottom of the ninth, Cody Nulph was hit by a Jacob Stone pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run and reward the Tigers with their fourth SEC victory of the season.

"I hope we don't take Keegan for granted," Auburn head baseball coach Sunny Golloway said. "To have him in the Saturday slot is pretty special. That gives us a lot of confidence. I'm just really proud of all of our guys, not just Keegan. I thought all of our guys had really a gut-check performance."

The victory was Auburn's third walk-off win of the season and it improved to the Tigers to 19-12 on the season and 4-7 in league play.

Thompson tossed a season-best 9.0 innings and allowed just two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. He improved to 6-2 on the season.

The outing was his third career complete game and first since March 15, 2014 against Texas A&M.

The game was back and forth through the first seven innings with Auburn twice leading by a single run, but Arkansas answering with the tying run on both occasions.

Melvin Gray scored as Ben Craft hit into a double play to give Auburn a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Then in the fifth, Arkansas picked up its first run of the game and knotted the score at 1-all with Tyler Spoon coming into score on a double play.

Auburn took the lead again in the sixth on a RBI ground out by Daniel Robert, but the Razorbacks answered with a tying run on a Chad Spanberger run-scoring double.

Blake Logan had two hits to lead the Tigers. Andrew Benintendi and Bobby Wernes both recorded a pair of hits for Arkansas (15-15, 4-7).

Lance Philips (0-3) was charged with the loss allowing one run on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Starter Dominic Tacolini was solid for 7.0 innings with only two runs allowed on five hits.

The Tigers and Arkansas will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.