The No. 19 Auburn Tigers hosted the Kennesaw State Owls tonight at Plainsman Park. Auburn came into this contest after dropping two out of three games against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville last weekend and a walk-off win over the Alabama State Hornets last night.
Kennesaw State came into this one after losing two out of three games to the Liberty Flames at home last weekend and losing to Georgia State in Atlanta last night. Konner Copeland was the starting pitcher for Auburn, Makenzie Stills had the same role for Kennesaw State.
Auburn got things started offensively in the bottom of the third inning, tacking on six runs. The Tigers would add two more in the bottom of the fourth inning, three in the bottom of the sixth and three in the bottom of the seventh. Kennesaw State’s only run came in the top of the seventh inning. Auburn would pick up their third win in a row by a score of 14-1.
The Tigers had 15 hits and left seven on-base. Kennesaw State had four hits, three errors and left five runners on-base. Konner Copeland picked up his first win of the season thanks to a dominant four inning performance in which he recorded eight strikeouts. Copeland was asked about his performance. He said, “I felt good going out there. I just kept working on my stuff.” He added, “I just came out tonight and tried my best to dominate.”
After the game, head coach Butch Thompson was asked about Konner Copeland’s pitching performance. He said, “That’s what I’m most excited about.” Thompson said, “The last two games even though we won them we left 30 guys on-base, that third inning set us up pretty good.”
Auburn will be back in action this weekend as they welcome the South Carolina Gamecocks into Plainsman Park for a three-game set.