Luke Jarvis, No. 10 Tigers slam Kennesaw State 15-7
KENNESAW, Ga. – Luke Jarvis hit a grand slam to cap a 12-run fourth inning as No. 10 Auburn baseball cruised to a 15-7 win over Kennesaw State Tuesday at Stillwell Stadium.
“Christian Camacho had a great start and got one of our game balls,” Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. “The other one was Luke Jarvis with four hits. Luke Jarvis had a couple of hustle plays and tough foul balls. He threw out the guy at the plate when they had two runners at third base. The offense, I feel like since Samford last week, has been doing a pretty good job. The offense was great tonight.”
The Tigers (28-11) scored a season-high 12 runs in the fourth inning with the punctuation mark a grand slam by Jarvis. Auburn sent 15 men to the plate in the frame and recorded eight hits. All nine Auburn hitters scored in the inning.
Jarvis finished with a career-high four hits and five RBI. He also scored two runs.
The scoring started in the fourth with Josh Anthony’s second RBI of the day which was followed by a two-run single from Bo Decker. After a double steal, Anthony came in to score on an error. Jeremy Johnson then doubled home Decker and Jay Estes plated two on his 13th double of the season.
Daniel Robert was next with a RBI single and after a walk to Blake Logan, Jarvis crushed the first pitch he saw from reliever Turner Watkins over a building in left field for a 13-1 lead.
Jarvis’ home run was his team-best fourth of the season. The Tigers have hit six homers in their last five games including two grand slams.
Camacho (2-1) completed a career-long six innings pitched. He allowed only one run on five hits and tied his career-high with four strikeouts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 25 batters and did not issue a walk.
Anthony opened the scoring in the second with a RBI single for a 1-0 lead. He finished with two hits and two RBI. Jonah Todd had two hits.
The Tigers added two runs in the eighth for a 15-2 lead on a Dylan Ingram RBI double and a run-scoring single from Jarvis.
Kennesaw State (17-20) was led by Corey Greeson with two hits including a triple and one RBI. Terence Norman hit a 3-run home run in the eighth. He was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
Nathan Dupree (0-4) allowed five runs in 3.1 innings.
Auburn hosts No. 11 Arkansas this weekend at Plainsman Park for a three-game SEC series beginning Friday at 6 pm CT.