Thrilling Win Gives Auburn Multiple Reasons For OptimismAt The Ballpark
AUBURN, Ala. — This was college baseball at its finest.
For 10 compelling innings, Ole Miss and Auburn traded blows in a crucial SEC rubber match Saturday at Plainsman Park. Back and forth they went, trading emotional highs and lows, building to a riveting 10th-inning showdown while the high-energy crowd reached fever pitch. It was just good baseball on both sides, but somebody had to win — and that somebody was Auburn.
Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead on Grae Kessinger’s solo homer in the first. Auburn surged ahead 3-1 on Eduard Julien’s three-run double in the third. Ole Miss tied it up on Kessinger’s second homer of the day in the fifth, a two-run shot to left-center. Auburn went back ahead on Ryan Bliss’ RBI single up the middle in the seventh. Ole Miss came from behind in the ninth to tie it on Cooper Johnson’s solo homer against shutdown closer Cody Greenhill, forcing extra innings. Then Ole Miss took the lead on Tyler Keenan’s RBI double in the 10th — but again Auburn answered. The Tigers plated two in the 10th (more on that rally in a moment) to earn a dramatic 6-5 win on Conor Davis’ walk-off single through the left side.
“Piece of cake. Had it all the way,” Tigers coach Butch Thompson deadpanned.