AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama State was one out away from one of the biggest wins in school history until No. 19 Auburn got the bounce they needed to push the game to extra innings before escaping with a 6-5 10-inning win at Plainsman Park on Tuesday night.
Sebastian Colon suffered the loss out of the bullpen working 0.2 innings and allowing one run (unearned) on two hits. Five different Hornets picked up a base hit in the loss.
Auburn (25-12) had a chance to put the game away after three straight walks to start the third inning before Shadai Colon struck out back-to-back hitters and induced an inning-ending pop-up on the infield to keep the Hornets within a run at 1-0. Corey King followed the next inning with a lead-off single on the infield between the pitcher and third base to break up the no-hit bid of Mason Barnett. After the Hornets tied the game in the fourth, Auburn loaded the bases again in the bottom half of the inning after an infield error and a walk before Colon ended the inning with a strikeout.
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The Tigers had another chance in the bottom half of the sixth when they had a runner reach third before Harris ended the inning with a strikeout, and again in the bottom half of the seventh inning when a runner reached third before Harris induced a groundout to second.
Colon faced one batter in the fifth inning, his longest outing of the season in his first start before giving way to Payton Harris with a runner on first. He allowed two runs on two hits with six strikeouts but did give up six walks. His previous career-best was 2.0 innings against Jackson State in relief back on April 3, and prior to that start had only gone 1.2 innings twice on the year. Harris kept Auburn off balance for four innings allowing a pair of runs on three hits with three strikeouts before giving way to Breon Pooler who pitched the ninth giving up a run with a pair of strikeouts.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics