AUBURN, Ala. -- North Alabama baseball held 5-0 and 7-6 leads but Auburn rallied to down the Lions 8-7 in 11 innings at Plainsman Park.

UNA took a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth inning but Auburn tied it in the bottom of the frame. The Lions could not push a run across in the 10th or 11th innings.

Auburn finally claimed the win in the bottom of the 11th. Everett Lau's RBI single scored Ryan Bliss for the 8-7 win.

North Alabama out-hit Auburn 12 to nine. Kevin Brenning was 4 for 6 with two runs scored, four RBIs and three doubles.

In the top of the first, Davis Elliott got a leadoff single and Kevin Brenning doubled. Peyton Sockwell sacrificed in Elliott and Reid Homan singled in Brenning for a 2-0 lead. In the second, Drew Hudson, Harris Kain and Davis Elliott all walked to load the bases. Brenning then doubled in all three runners for a 5-0 lead.

Auburn got three runs back in the bottom of the second inning on a three-run Steven Williams home run. The Tigers got another run in the bottom of the fourth and left the bases loaded, then tied the game on a solo homer in the fifth by Will Holland. The Tigers scored all five of the runs with two outs in the respective innings.

With the game tied 5-5 in the top of the eighth, UNA loaded the bases with two outs as Tate Mathis walked, Reid Singewald singled and Colt Chrestman walked. Auburn reliever Will Morrison then struck out Harris Kain to end the threat.

In the Auburn eighth, UNA reliever Keegan Foge hit Holland, who then stole second, went to third on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead.

Down 6-5 going to the ninth inning, UNA got a leadoff double from Elliott and he scored on a Brenning double to tie the game. With two outs, Ben Kiefer drove in Brenning with an RBI single to give the Lions the lead.

Auburn tied the game in the bottom of the ninth as Kaleb Barnes walked three batters and allowed an RBI single.

UNA starter Adam Mancour pitched three innings, allowing three runs on one hit with two walks and one strikeout. Josh Stillman pitched four innings and gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Foge pitched one inning and allowed a run on a hit. Barnes pitched the ninth inning and allowed a run and Garret Gillum (0-1) took the loss, allowing a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

UNA closes its regular season with a three-game series at Lipscomb starting Thursday.


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