AUBURN, Ala. — Southern picked up its play Saturday with improved pitching and defense, but the Jaguars ran into a buzzsaw at the plate.
Auburn right-hander Justin Camp hit career-high numbers with nine strikeouts in eight innings to key a 7-0 win over SU at Plainsman Park.
At one point, Camp retired 16 consecutive batters after he allowed a leadoff single in the second inning.
“(Camp) pitched well, and our guys didn’t buy into what I was saying,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “We took a lot of two-strike fastballs and took bad swings at his off-speed (pitches) and curveballs. ... It’s a challenge right now, but we’ll fight through it and keep preaching and keep teaching.”
Jose De La Torre had the only two hits for Southern (0-5).
Harold Myles (0-2) took the loss surrendering seven runs in 5.1 innings.
“He really pitched well today,” Cador said of Myles. “There weren’t a lot of errors that you see (in the box score), but there were a lot of plays that weren’t made that our defense could have made, and that was a part of it.”
Camp (1-0) allowed just the two hits and no runs. Gordon Cardenas pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the game.
Auburn (4-2) scored in each of the first six innings, including Daniel Robert’s first home run of the season in the fourth.
The teams conclude the series at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
“Auburn is a team that you can beat, but they are very, very good, and we’re going to have to do a lot of things right if we want to beat them,” Cador said. “This is a big stage for our players. (Auburn has) forced us to play well and execute, and we’ll have to learn from it.”