Auburn baseball drops series opener at LSU – Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site

May 11, 2017

Baton Rouge, La. – The #14 Auburn baseball team dropped its series opening game at #10 LSU, 4-0, Thursday evening at Alex Box Stadium. Junior Dylan Ingram led Auburn offensively with three hits and senior pitcher Gabe Klobosits had his best outing of the season, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Tigers.

“Gabe saved our bullpen,” Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. “It was the best outing of the year for him, by far. Hopefully that serves us well because the positive is still having Thompson and Mize in the next two starts.”

Klobosits retired 18 of the 22 batters he faced, allowing just three hits while striking out four and walking one.

“I thought once Gabe came into the game we were one inning away from making it a ball game,” Thompson said. “It just never materialized for us tonight.”

In the midst of a career-best seven game hitting streak, Ingram is hitting .448 (13-for-29) during that span.

“Dylan didn’t try to do too much. It was right back up the middle and he had multiple great at bats,” Thompson said. “He’s the guy that saw Lange the best. He had a really good night and we’re going to need more of those type of approaches to come out here and get a game tomorrow.”

Fighting Tigers’ starter Alex Lange (6-5) was strong on the mound, tossing a complete game shutout, allowing five hits and striking out nine.

LSU scored all the runs it needed with three in the first inning and another in the second.

In the first inning, leadoff hitter Kramer Robertson walked and scored three batters later on Greg Deichmann’s RBI single. Antoine Duplantis singled and scored on a bases loaded walk by Beau Jordan and Deichmann plated the final run of the inning on Josh Smith’s sacrifice fly.

Robertson walked and scored in the second inning on Antoine Duplantis’ double to left-centerfield.

Auburn starter Andrew Mitchell (5-3) took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits with five walks and a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.

LSU improved to 33-17 and 16-9 in the SEC, while the Auburn dropped to 32-19 and 14-11.

Game two of the three game set at Alex Box Stadium is Friday at 7 p.m. CT.