– Auburn baseball's season came to a close Sunday with a rain-delayed 3-2 loss to No. 16 College of Charleston in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at Dick Howser Stadium.
“I'm extremely proud of this group of young men this year,” Auburn head coach Sunny Golloway said. “To get Auburn baseball back in a regional for the first time since 2010 and then before that it was 2005, so really in the last 10 years to have only been in a regional one time is really a great feat. They showed a lot of mental toughness all year and a lot of grit. They found ways to hang in there and compete.
“They are extremely disappointed. We all are extremely disappointed. We're a young team. We've got a lot of guys that are coming back and a lot of guys that are still learning. I think we gained some very valuable experience through this process.”
The game featured a six-hour, 25-minute delay between the first and second innings due to inclement weather. A game that originally began at 12:05 p.m. ET, ended at 9:12 p.m. ET, a span of nine hours and seven minutes.
With the loss, Auburn completes its season with a 36-26 record.
Nick Pappas hit a solo home run in the second inning to put Auburn in an early hole, but the Tigers answered with a Damon Haecker RBI single in the fourth to tie the game.
Jordan Ebert then put the Tigers on top 2-1 with a RBI single to left in the fifth inning. He drove in Jackson Burgreen who walked with two outs and stole second.
Charleston battled back and made it 3-2 on a two-run homer by Pappas in the seventh off reliever Robby Clements.
Clements (L, 5-1) allowed just one hit, the two-run home run, in 4.2 innings of relief. He struck out five with one walk and allowed two runs.
Pappas was 3-for-4 with two home runs. Ryan Brown had the only other Charleston hit.
Dalton Rentz got the start for Auburn and pitched four innings. He allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
Ebert and Haecker had RBIs. Burgreen and Daniel Robert both stole a base and scored a run.
CofC starter Nathan Shelvey pitched five innings and allowed both Auburn runs. Chase Henry (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) got the win out of the bullpen to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Carter Love tallied his fourth save for the Cougars (45-14).