AUBURN, Ala. – For the second day in a row, a Presbyterian College upperclassman hit his first career home run.
Of course, powerful Auburn (2-0) of the Southeastern Conference belted three and the Tigers defeated the Blue Hose, 6-1, on Saturday, but PC (0-2) stayed in the game until the seventh inning.
Auburn won on Friday, 14-3.
It was Eric Toth, a junior right fielder, who hit his first collegiate home run, in the fifth, and at the time, it tied the game, 1-1.
Ryan Bliss, Bryson Ware and Nate LaRue each homered to pace Auburn’s 11-hit attack.
Charlie McDaniel gave the Hose five strong innings on the mound – 4 hits, a run, 2 strikeouts – but wasn’t around for a decision. One of two less successful relievers, Alex Flood (0-1), took the loss.
Hayden Mullins (1-0), the Auburn starter, also pitched five innings, also yielded but a run, but only gave up a hit and struck out 6.
Jake Wyandt, who had homered on Friday, rapped a career-high 3 hits to lead the Blue Hose.
Presbyterian and Auburn wrap up the weekend's 3-game set on Sunday, with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Plainsman Park.