Tigers come up short against Kennesaw St.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Izaac Yarbrough pitched three scoreless innings in relief and Jackson Burgreen reached base for the 18th consecutive game, but Auburn baseball came up short 7-3 to Kennesaw State on Wednesday at Plainsman Park.
"This wasn't a great night for the Tigers to fight," Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. "There just wasn't a lot of focus tonight. We hit some balls hard at them, but there just wasn't enough competitive moments out there tonight. We only had one walk and played good defense, there just wasn't enough offense. We didn't match their intensity tonight. We are going to have to get this game behind us quick and get ready for another SEC series. We need three good games and we are going to have to play hard for every inning this weekend to have success."
Burgreen walked in the sixth inning to extend his career-best streak. Yarbrough pitched the final three innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Kennesaw State (24-24) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on four consecutive singles, the last a 2-run knock by Corey Greeson.
Auburn answered with three in the bottom of the third to tie the game as Melvin Gray was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Jordan Ebert added a 2-run single.
Greeson had a career night for the Owls with six RBI and four hits.
He added another 2-run single in the fourth and a 2-run homer in the sixth.
Brian Exley (4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 K) got the win in a split start for Kennesaw State and improved to 1-1. He was the first of five Owl pitchers on the night.
Ebert had two RBI on the night to give him 30 for the season. Cody Nulph was 2-for-3.
Andrew Mitchell took the loss for Auburn (22-27) with five earned in three innings. He dropped to 4-4 on the season.
Auburn is in action next on Friday when it opens a SEC series with No. 3 Mississippi State.