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March 4, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Kason Howell (5) hits the ball during the game between Auburn and Yale at Plainsman Park. Mandatory Credit: Jacob Taylor/AU Athletics

ICYMI: No. 25 Auburn baseball takes down UAB on the road

AUBURN, Alabama (EETV) - Ahead of the weekend series against No. 16 Vanderbilt, the No. 25 Auburn Tigers took down the UAB Blazers in Birmingham, 6-4.

"These guys have played a lot of games on the road the past few weeks," Thompson said about Auburn's ninth road win. "We're excited to come back to Plainsman Park and hopefully play great in front of a home crowd."

Chase Allsup was awarded his first collegiate save after coming in during the seventh inning with the tying run on base. Allsup struck out three batters to end the inning with an Auburn lead. 

"Chase Allsup was one of our top guns tonight to finish that ballgame," Thompson said. "He was on a rhythm tonight. That'll be huge for him moving forward."

"This has been a dream come true," Allsup added. "We have a lot of talent that is capable and able to get the job done." 

Both sides were able to produce a run in the first inning, with Blake Rambusch for the Tigers scoring off a sacrifice fly from Brody Moore. 

Auburn took control of the game in the fourth and seventh innings, expanding their lead to 3-1 and then to 5-2. 

In the ninth inning, the Blazers tried to make a comeback, putting up a run, but Allsup's strong pitching was too much for UAB to overcome.

"It comes down to knowing your pitchers, their strengths and weaknesses, and what they have in any given day," catcher Nate LaRue said. "Chase had a lot of composure and maturity. It was really big for him to come in and just dominate."

Auburn returns home to Plainsman Park for a weekend series against Vanderbilt. The first game is on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.