Robby Martin lined the first FSU hit of the game past a diving Hal Hughes at first base and an infield single from Nelson scored Mendoza, who drew a one-out walk, to put the Noles on the board. He exits after allowing yet another leadoff base runner - he allowed the leadoff runner to reach in his last four innings of work - and another run across the plate in the fifth.
Up a run and needing just two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Auburn suffered a walk-off loss when a wild pitch and an error scored two runs. To make this sting even more for Auburn, this was also an elimination game. Although both parts of the play were arguably Auburn's catcher's fault, he miraculously got off scot-free in the box score as the play was scored a wild pitch and an error on the first baseman.
But the catcher then accidentally kicks it away and loses it completely an understandable mistake. The tying run scores. In the confusion, the first baseman makes the ill-advised decision to throw it anyway. It whizzes by the catcher's face, allowing the runner who was initially on second to score and end the game.
The play resulted in a win for LSU and some serious wounds to lick for an Auburn team that was two precious outs away from moving on in the tournament. Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe.
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