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Baseball gets nation leading 7th shutout, over UAB

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Auburn blanks UAB 4-0 for 7th shutout

Bryan Matthews | Senior Editor

AUBURN | Some timely hitting and a strong performance by Gabe Klobosits led Auburn to a 4-0 win over UAB Tuesday at Plainsman Park.

Klobosits pitched 6.0 shutout innings out of the bullpen allowing six hits, issuing one walk and striking out three. He didn’t figure into the decision as designated starter Andrew Mitchell (3-0) earned the win throwing a perfect first.

“It felt great. It’s a good confidence boost for me and for the team just to know that I can pitch, actually, and nothing’s wrong. I’m healthy,” Klobosits said. “It’s a great confidence boost going into SEC play.”

 
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Klobosits gave Auburn six strong innings out of the bullpen.
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Ryan Watson was perfect in the eighth and ninth to give the Tigers their NCAA-leading seventh shutout of the season.

“Gabe’s first inning was kind of like his stat sheet where he had thrown like seven innings, had 15 hits and there were four hard-hit barrels,” Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. “He got out of it and I said, ‘We need to make an adjustment.’

“He started throwing a little bit across his body to right-handers. He had an eight right-handed hitting lineup today and he really started getting some ground ball action. To throw six innings is huge for him.”

All four of Auburn’s runs came with two outs. Blake Logan doubled home two in the first, Luke Jarvis doubled home one and then scored on a pinch-hit single by Conor Davis in the sixth.

Jarvis and Bowen McGuffin had two hits apiece for the Tigers.

Auburn, which improved to 13-5, hosts Jacksonville State Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. Florida visits this weekend for the start of conference play.

GAME NOTES

** Auburn has not allowed an earned run since giving up seven in the ninth inning of an 11-8 loss to Presbyterian Friday, a streak of 27 consecutive innings.

** Klobosits’ performance dropped his ERA from 7.04 to 3.95. Before Tuesday, he had thrown two pitches since Feb. 28.

** Mitchell hadn’t pitched since Feb. 26 due to tendonitis in his throwing shoulder.

** Daniel Robert finished 0-of-4 to end a 32-game on-base streak and Jonah Todd was 0-of-4 to end a 17-game on-base streak.

 

 

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The lefty Andrew Mitchell sporting a 3-0 record and a sparkling 0.00 ERA.

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And he's only pitched 6 1/3.  It is deceptive, as is the 7 shutouts to some extent.

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Come to think of it, how in the hell does he start and pitch only one inning and get the W??

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Glad to see klobosits have a good outing. Hope it  continues into SEC play. The 7 shutouts is great. However 77 runs given up in the other 11 games. 

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33 minutes ago, PowerOfDixieland said:

Come to think of it, how in the hell does he start and pitch only one inning and get the W??

 Yup , that makes no sense . No matter how well he pitched....it was just one inning even if you left the game with the lead.   Klobo should have gotten the win as it appears from the game description. 

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38 minutes ago, PowerOfDixieland said:

Come to think of it, how in the hell does he start and pitch only one inning and get the W??

I asked AU baseball & this is what they said.

 
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@Ellitor_AU it was a designated one inning start for Mitchell established before game. Weird rule book quirk.

 

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I have never seen this rule. In what rule book is it in?

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7 hours ago, mdg929 said:

I have never seen this rule. In what rule book is it in?

Apparently the NCAA baseball rule book.

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The way Mitchell and Klobosits pitched is critical.  Could be HUGE.  Mitchell had been shut down for three weeks because of minor shoulder issues and Klob had been a mess as Fuzzy accurately pointed out.  Read the line about where Gabe struggled in his first inning and Butch's response. One game isn't a season and the real proof, I believe will come when Sprinkle gets his ish together.  That doesn't just happen by osmosis.

Here is where all the guys saying I thought Thompson was a pitching "guru" should post some affirmation :clap:

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By the way E, thanks for going to such lengths to get the explanation.  That's an idiotic rule.  If I were a pitcher I'd ask for every appearance to be designated a one inning start and pitch about every third day :laugh:

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14 hours ago, PowerOfDixieland said:

Here is where all the guys saying I thought Thompson was a pitching "guru" should post some affirmation :clap:

Around10 days or two weeks ago I posted that I was disappointed in the lack of improvement in the pitching under Thompson. Since then, they have IMPROVED! Maybe I should have complained sooner? :)

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On ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 11:30 PM, Mikey said:

Around10 days or two weeks ago I posted that I was disappointed in the lack of improvement in the pitching under Thompson. Since then, they have IMPROVED! Maybe I should have complained sooner? :)

Been  a Jekyll and Hyde type of season for most of our guys...either can't get out of their first inning or two....or pitch a shut out.  

Hoping the latter situation holds up this weekend...gonna make the trip over there to see one of the Florida games....a 5 hour drive each way.....would be nice for the game to have a happy ending. 

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1 hour ago, AU64 said:

Been  a Jekyll and Hyde type of season for most of our guys...either can't get out of their first inning or two....or pitch a shut out.  

Hoping the latter situation holds up this weekend...gonna make the trip over there to see one of the Florida games....a 5 hour drive each way.....would be nice for the game to have a happy ending. 

Hope your able to bring them luck and a win 64

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