AUBURN, Ala. – Michael O'Neal allowed six hits and walked two in a complete game shutout as the Auburn baseball team defeated Brown, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon. The win improved Auburn's record to 11-3 while Brown fell to 1-5.
"That is the first complete game shutout I have thrown. In JUCO I always seemed to give up one run in the ninth," O'Neal said. "I didn't have a very good bullpen before the game. I didn't have any idea where the ball was going, but I looked at (student manager Cameron) Blinka and said I was going to do really well today because if I am really good in there I am really bad out here. I just knew something was going to happen for me."
O'Neal (4-0), a junior college transfer, walked one in the first and one in the fifth and scattered Brown's first three hits over the first eight innings. Four times he set the side down in order and the lefty finished with a career-high six strike outs.
"(O'Neal) is that type of pitcher, he has a little different look, and his ball runs around so much. Not many guys squared up his fastball today," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said.
The complete game shutout was the first by an Auburn pitcher since Derek Varnadore, also a product of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, went the distance in a 3-0 win over Georgia on May 7, 2011.
While O'Neal was keeping the Brown hitters off the base paths, Auburn's offense cranked out 10 hits off of Brown starter Dave St. Lawrence (0-1) and reliever Lucas Whitehill. Ryan Tella was 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored while Garrett Cooper was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
COURTESY: Auburn Media Relations
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