Robert, Klobosits lead Auburn to 9-7 win
AUBURN, Ala. -- Daniel Robert had four hits and three RBI and Gabe Klobosits pitched seven innings with eight strikeouts out of the bullpen as Auburn baseball defeated No. 3 Texas A&M 9-7 at Plainsman Park.
The win gave Auburn a split of the SEC-opening doubleheader after Friday's scheduled opener was rained out. The two clubs will complete the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"This is probably the proudest I have been of our baseball team," Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. "I thought our guys battled all day. Gabe Klobosits had one run in seven innings and that's what it took to beat a team like this. Every time they punched, we punched back and I have never been more proud of this team. Seeing what Gabe has been working through, it was good to see him have a day like this on our first SEC day."
Klobosits, a Texas native, entered to begin the third inning and proceeded to scatter five hits over the next seven innings. He allowed two walks on an even 100 pitches to pick up the first victory of his career.
Klobosits has now allowed just one earned run in his last 11.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen with 13 strikeouts.
He was supported by the Auburn offense as the Tigers pounded out 17 hits led by Robert's four. Anfernee Grier, Joshua Palacios and Niko Buentello each had three hits.
Palacios has now recorded three or more hits in five-straight games and reached base in all 19 games this season.
The offense had to bail Auburn out of an early hold after Texas A&M (17-2, 1-1) jumped on freshman hurler Casey Mize for four runs in the first. He allowed six earned in two innings before being lifted for Klobosits.
Back-to-back hits by Grier and Palacios in the first put two in scoring position early. Jordan Ebert and Buentello came through with RBI in the first inning. Robert then doubled home a run and Cody Nulph followed with a sac fly as Auburn clawed its way back to tie the game 4-4.
The RBI was Buentello's 31st of the season. Grier's hit gave him a 20-game hitting streak - the longest for a Tiger since Justin Fredejas hit in 20 straight from March 23 - May 7, 2010. Palacios has reached base in all 19 games this season.
The Aggies wouldn't go away and Ryne Birk made it 6-4 with a 2-run homer in the second.
The Tigers answered again and scored two in the third on a RBI single from Robert. Robert then came in to score on an error by Texas A&M third baseman Boomer White to tie the game 6-6.
After Kyler Deese gave Auburn a 7-6 lead with a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies responded with a run to knot things again at 7-7 in the top of the sixth.
Auburn took the lead for good in the sixth when a run came home on an error then added insurance in the eighth on a RBI single from Daniel Robert that made it 9-7.
Texas A&M starter Tyler Ivey allowed six runs (five earned) in three innings. Corbin Martin (1-1) took the loss with two runs allowed.
Michael Barash and Birk both had two RBI for the Aggies. White added three hits.
GAME ONE: Junior Joshua Palacios was 4-for-4 and extended his reached base streak to 18 games, but Auburn baseball fell to No. 2 Texas A&M 12-8 in game one of a double header on Saturday at Plainsman Park in the SEC opener for both teams.
The Aggies (17-1, 1-0) got to Auburn reliever Marc Frazier for four runs in his ninth inning to break open a tie game. Frazier took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the year.
Texas A&M held a 2-0 lead after scoring runs in the first and second innings. The Aggies tacked on three more with a bases clearing double by JB Moss to make it 5-0 in the fourth.
Auburn (9-9, 0-1) exploded for five runs in the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. The Tigers strung together four-consecutive bases loaded singles including a 2-run single by Jordan Ebert to move on top.
Anfernee Grier had a RBI single in the frame to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Palacios and Kyler Deese added RBI in the inning.
Palacios was 4-for-4 with triple, double, one RBI and two stolen bases.
Auburn's Justin Camp was charged with seven runs on 10 hits in five innings pitched.
The Aggies scored three in the sixth to take an 8-6 lead. The big hit was another RBI double by Moss.
Moss was 3-for-6 with four RBI. Nick Choruby had four hits and two RBI.
Auburn got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on Niko Buentello's 30th RBI of the season, then tied it 8-8 on a sac fly by Cody Nulph in the seventh.
Daniel Robert and Kyler Deese both had two hits.
Texas A&M reliever Mark Ecker pitched three innings in relief and improved to 2-0 on the season.