FAYETTEVILLE, AR -
A classic pitcher’s duel went senior Dillon Ortman’s way as the Auburn Tigers claimed a 2-1 win over Arkansas in the opening game of an SEC weekend baseball series Friday night at Baum Stadium.
The Tigers (24-19, 8-11 SEC) took the series-opener for the fifth time in seven SEC series, getting another outstanding performance from Ortman. Arkansas (27-17, 9-10) out-hit the Tigers, but a pair of errors in the sixth inning allowed Auburn to escape with the victory.
Ortman (8-2) just missed turning in his second-straight complete game performance, pitching 8 1/3 innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits while striking out five.
Senior Terrance Dedrick fought his way out of a tight spot in the ninth to record the final two outs and pick up his fourth save of the year. He entered the game with a runner on second and one out, then proceeded to walk the next batter then give up a deep fly ball out, moving both runners up 90 feet. An intentional walk to Eric Fisher loaded the bases, but he coaxed a flyout to center from pinch-hitter Clark Eagan to seal the victory.