The Auburn baseball team completed a weekend sweep of Florida for the first time since 1987 with a 6-5 walkoff win Sunday at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala. Auburn beat the No. 5 Gators 14-3 and 2-1 in the first two games of the series.
On Sunday, with the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, pinch runner JJ Shaffer scored on a sacrifice bunt and Florida throwing error.
Auburn (17-5, 3-0) twice battled back from deficits against Florida (13-8, 0-3). After getting outstanding starting pitching performances in the first two games of the series, Auburn turned to its bullpen to win Game 3. Calvin Coker pitched 4.0 innings of shutout ball and allowed just one hit. Andrew Mitchell (4-0) pitched a perfect ninth and struck out 2 to pick up the win.
In the Game 2 victory, Auburn’s Luke Jarvis went 3-for-3 Saturday and drove in a run and Damon Haecker drove in another run as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead through four innings and held off the Gators with another strong pitching performance. Casey Mize tossed 7.0 innings, allowed 5 hits, an unearned run, one walk and struck out 8 batters in improving to 3-0 this season. Cole Lipscomb threw the final two innings and didn’t allow a baserunner.
In a matchup of two of the SEC’s top pitchers in Game 1, Auburn’s Keegan Thompson got the best of Florida’s Alex Faedo. Thompson (4-0) earned the win after going 6.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and striking out 8. The Tigers sent Faedo from the game with an 8-run fifth inning. Faedo (3-1) lasted 4.1 innings while giving up 4 hits, 6 runs and 6 walks.
Auburn (16-5, 2-0 in SEC) will look to sweep the series Sunday in Game 3 against the Gators (13-7, 0-2).
Here’s a rundown of the 3-game series:
Game 1: Auburn 14, Florida 3
Game 2: Auburn 2, Florida 1
Game 3: Auburn 6, Florida 5
Game 3 live updates: Auburn baseball vs. Florida
Auburn baseball notes
— Auburn plays Georgia Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Atlanta before returning to SEC action next weekend against Georgia in Athens, Ga.
— This is the first time since 2010 that Auburn has started SEC play 3-0. Auburn finished that season 43-21 and 20-10 in the SEC. The Tigers lost to Clemson in the Regional Championships that season at Plainsman Park.