Auburn pushes past Kentucky for series win
AUBURN, Ala. -- Anfernee Grier had two hits and four RBI as Auburn baseball defeated Kentucky 10-6 to win the series on Saturday at Plainsman Park.
"It's not about the results right now. We are just growing every day," Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. "To win a series is huge for us. Casey Mize kept us tied and we found a way to win a ball game. Anfernee Grier is playing inspired baseball right now. (Jackson) Burgreen got a big hit for us there in the third. I even thought Justin Camp battled every pitch for us. There is a sense of confidence with the way they are carrying themselves right now and it was a fun night for us."
After Kentucky knotted the game at six in the seventh, Auburn exploded for four runs in the eighth.
Niko Buentello doubled to start the inning and scored on a wild pitch. Cody Nulph plated two runs on a bases-loaded single and Grier added his fourth RBI on a base hit for the 10-6 lead.
Grier tied his career high with four RBI for the second-straight day.
The scoring explosion came in support of reliever Casey Mize. The freshman from Springville, Ala. pitched the final three innings and scattered four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. He improved to 2-2 on the year.
Kentucky (26-17, 10-10) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning. After scoring three in the first, a 2-run homer by Zach Reks put the Wildcats on top by five.
After allowing five runs (three earned) over the first two innings, Justin Camp battled through 4.2. He struck out two.
Grier got the offense started when he hit a bases-clearing triple with two outs in the second to close the gap to 5-3.
Auburn (20-23, 7-13) tied the game at 5-5 in the third on a 2-run home run by Jackson Burgreen. It was his second homer of the season and third of his career.
The 2-run bomb extended Burgreen's career-best reached base streak to 13 games. He finished with two hits and three runs scored.
Auburn took its first lead on a Kyler Deese sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Burgreen and put the Tigers ahead 6-5.
UK starter Dustin Beggs allowed a season-high six runs. Dylan Dwyer (2-1) took the loss after allowing a run and not recording an out in the eighth.
Zach Reks and JaVon Shelby both had three hits for Kentucky.
Auburn and Kentucky wrap the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.