Alexandria product paces Auburn win with big defensive plays
by Star staff
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AUBURN – Damek Tomscha hit an eighth-inning, game-winning home run, and Alexandria High graduate Hunter Kelley robbed Ole Miss of a pair of home runs as Auburn won its series over No. 18 Ole Miss with a 5-4 victory on Sunday.

The win improved Auburn’s record to 27-19, 9-15 SEC headed into Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. game at Jacksonville State. Ole Miss fell to 33-16, 12-12.

“We really responded,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. “We faced some adversity and came back and found a way to win a ballgame today.

“I thought our defense was the difference. Hunter Kelley made two spectacular plays -- both of them were over the fence -- and Blake Austin too. He picked a guy off second base and threw a guy out on a hit-and-run.

“I thought our defense did a great job today.”

Kelley kept Auburn in the game early with his defense, robbing Sikes Orvis of a three-run home run in the third that would have put Ole Miss up 5-1 and then going over the wall again to take away a potential Austin Anderson solo home run in the seventh.

“Those were two balls that were hit perfectly for me at the wall,” Kelley said. “I didn’t have too good of a day at the plate, and I was trying to do anything to help my team.”

With the game tied at 4-4 going to the bottom of the eighth, Tomscha sent a 1-0 pitch from Ole Miss closer Brett Huber (3-2) up over the green monster in left field. It was Tomscha’s second home run in as many games, after he tied Saturday’s game with a sixth-inning, two-run home run.

“I got ahead in the count, and he threw me a curveball down, and I figured he would come at me with a fastball,” Tomscha said. “I was able to get it up in the wind.”

Terrance Dedrick (4-2) made the lead stand up in the ninth, retiring Ole Miss in order on six pitches to give Auburn its fourth straight series win over Ole Miss.
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