The Auburn baseball team's season came to an end on Saturday as the Tigers lost to Southern Miss 7-2.
The first batter of the game for Southern Miss seemingly set the tone for the game, as he hit a grounder to first that was bobbled by Cooper McMurray while starting pitcher Tommy Vail failed to cover the bag.
The Golden Eagles capitalized on the blunder and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first on a three-run home run by Christopher Sargent and never looked back. They continued to tack on runs to go up 6-0 before the Tigers got on the board in the sixth inning with two runs of their own.
Southern Miss added another run in the eighth inning via a solo home run, the fourth homer of the game for the Golden Eagles, by Danny Lynch to give the game its final score of 7-2.
The Tigers followed up a poor offensive performance the night before with nine hits and four walks but could only muster up two runs.
The No. 13 national seed is the first regional host to be eliminated from the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Auburn joins Florida (2021), Oregon State (2019) and Florida State (2018) as the only regional hosts to go 0-2 in the last five tournaments.
The Tigers' season ended with a final record of 34-23-1.
Samford and Penn are set to face off Saturday night in the winners’ bracket of the tournament. Southern Miss will play the loser of that matchup in an elimination game on Sunday.
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