Klobosits leads Blue to Fall Classic opening win
AUBURN, Ala. (auburntigers.com) – Senior right-hander Gabe Klobosits struck out five with one run allowed in four innings as Blue defeated Orange 2-1 in the opening game of the 2016 Auburn Fall Classic at Plainsman Park. Bowen McGuffin plated the decisive run on a double in the fourth.
“I saw two good teams play good baseball,” Auburn head coach Butch Thompson said. “I saw 20 hard-hit balls and two starters do a good job. I saw relief pitching. Kyler Deese played great behind the plate. Sam Gillikin, a guy that has taken a year off from baseball, has come back with two missile-hit balls and a great catch at the end of the ballgame in left field. We still feel like we need to figure out who our closer is.”
Blake Logan hit a solo home run to give Blue a 1-0 lead in the second. He finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Jeremy Johnson added two hits for Blue.
Blue’s Daniel Sprinkle struck out four in 2.0 innings of relief with two hits and no runs. Junior College transfer Corey Herndon closed the game with a scoreless inning in the seventh.
Klobosits got the win surrendering five hits and one walk on 58 pitches.
“The first inning, the big thing for me was when I was ahead, it was easy for me,” Klobosits said. “In that second inning, I was behind a batter and they took advantage of it by scoring a run. You’ve got to give it to [Daniel] Sprinkle and Corey [Herndon]. They both came in and did their job and our offense produced some runs, so they picked me up in a sense.”
Orange found the scoreboard by way of a JJ Shaffer single in the second that scored JD Kubiszyn to make it 1-1. Sam Gillikin led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
Keegan Thompson took the loss surrendering seven hits and two earned runs in 4.2 innings with six strike outs on 63 pitches.
“This felt like a real game,” Thompson said. “They were in uniforms competing against one another in separate dugouts. We had a great crowd come out, so somebody got to practice closing the game out and for the game to end on a double play. We had a 2-1 baseball game in seven innings, a lot of hard hit balls, a lot of things going on with no errors, and that’s pleasing to our staff and to the fans that came out to watch us play tonight.”
The Auburn Fall Classic continues with game two Saturday at 9:45 a.m.