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Virginia, Auburn win thrillers to kick off Jax Classic

At The Ballpark

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sometimes a successful offensive performance is more about waiting out a pitcher rather than figuring him out. 

That was the case for Auburn Friday as it waited out Iowa ace Brody Brecht and kept the game close through the middle innings before coming alive offensively late and scoring a 7-5 victory. 

Brecht lasted six full innings and dominated for much of that time. He gave up just two hits and two runs (one earned) and struck out 11 batters. He showed the premium velocity he’s known for, but his better pitch was a slider[…]

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