AUBURN – Jordan Ebert had two hits to increase his career total to 225, but Auburn baseball fell to Tennessee 13-4 on Thursday at Plainsman Park.
“Tennessee came out and threw three or four punches early,” Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. “We didn’t make enough pitches in the first and we didn’t make enough plays in the field. We were one pitch away from getting out of it in a couple of innings there, but we just couldn’t make it happen. I thought that we really pressed tonight. Justin Camp had one of his best outings of the year last weekend and we are going to need him to have a good start tomorrow.”
Tennessee (20-14, 4-9) scored four in the first to take an early lead. The Tigers got one back in the bottom half on a RBI double by Melvin Gray to make it 4-1.
Gray was 2-for-3 with a double and triple. Jackson Burgreen added two hits.
Auburn starter Ben Braymer lasted just one inning. He allowed four runs.
The Vols stretched their lead to 7-1 with three unearned runs in the fourth off Cole Lipscomb.
Lipscomb allowed four earned in 6.1 innings pitched. He struck out six with one walk.
The Tigers (15-19, 3-10) scored three runs in the eighth on a RBI groundout from Kyler Deese and a 2-run double by Damon Haecker.
Haecker had two hits and two RBI on the night.
Tennessee scored four in the eighth and added two in the ninth.
Auburn and Tennessee continue the series on Friday at 6 pm.