Tigers Take Down Columbus State in Fall Exhibition
SOURCE: AUBURN ATHLETICS
Auburn squared off with Columbus State in its first exhibition game of the fall and defeated the Cougars, 9-3, Wednesday night at Ragsdale Field in front of a sellout crowd at Burger King Stadium.
“I just want to say thank you to Columbus State and Coach Appleton,” head coach Butch Thompson said. “We come to play a program on the road in the fall, which is a neat experience. We get so used to the friendly confines of Plainsman Park. To come on the road, first time on somebody else’s field, that’s exactly why we made this trip.”
The Auburn offense came to life in the late stages of the game, starting with a three-run, go-ahead home run from Garrett Farquhar to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth. The Shelton State transfer finished the game 2-for-2 with four RBI after also driving in the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the second.
“It was a great experience today,” Farquhar said. “Lots of learning points to go off of. I had a great time, though. A bunch of the older guys helped me have more confidence in myself and helped us play as one today.”
After Columbus State cut the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers got the run back and then some thanks to a solo home run from Kason Howell, RBI double from Brayton Brown and sacrifice fly from Travis Odom in the next frame.
Trace Bright picked up the win after pitching 2.0 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Bright retired six of the seven batters he faced with the lone baserunner reaching on an error.
“It means a lot growing up an Auburn fan and finally getting out there and putting that uniform on,” Bright said. “It was nice to get ahead early. That opens up a lot of pitches for me. It felt good.”
Richard Fitts drew the start on the mound and pitched 2.0 innings with a game-high three strikeouts. Junior college transfers Drew Baker and Jackson Reynolds turned in a scoreless inning of relief, apiece, and freshman Seb Thomas recorded the final three outs in scoreless fashion.
“All in all, the young pitchers were a positive, Scheffler behind the plate, right up the middle we played well the entire evening,” Thompson added.
The Tigers totaled 14 hits in the contest with two hits apiece coming from Farquhar, Howell, Ryan Bliss, Conor Davis and Matt Scheffler. Brody Moore and Scheffler also drove in a run.
Thirteen newcomers, including eight position players and five pitchers, saw their first action against an opposing team.