KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Hunter Martin dealt the first complete game for Tennessee since 2013 with a 9.0 inning effort vs. Auburn on Thursday, but a late rally for the Vols fell short in a 3-2 loss at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With Thursday's loss, the Volunteers move to 17-14 and 3-10 in SEC play, while the Tigers now stand at 26-10 (9-4 SEC) on the year.
Martin (4-3) dealt a career-high 9.0 innings in his ninth start of the year, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in the loss.
By doing so, Martin became the first Tennessee pitcher to throw a complete, 9.0-inning game since VFL and current Arizona Diamondbacks minor leaguer Zack Godley went the distance vs. Texas A&M on May 16, 2013 (L, 5-1).
A leadoff double from Auburn's Jonah Todd and two-out, RBI double by Conor Davis game Auburn a 1-0 lead in the first. A solo home run by shortstop Luke Jarvis in the second inning furthered the Tigers' lead to 2-0.
Tennessee threatened in the third with Brodie Leftridge (1-for-3) and Jeff Moberg (0-for-3, HBP) reaching base and moving into scoring position, but a called third strike against Jordan Rodgers (1-for-4, R) ended the frame.
Auburn inched out to a 3-0 lead in the seventh with the help of a triple from Jarvis and a sacrifice fly to left field by catcher Damon Haecker.
The score would hold until the bottom of the ninth inning, when UT staged a late comeback. Justin Ammons led off with a four-pitch walk and moved to third on a Rodgers double into left-center field. With two outs, catcher Benito Santiago and first baseman Andre Lipcius recorded RBIs before a Dom Thornton line drive to left was caught to end the game.
TENNESSEE QUICK HITS
- With the loss, Tennessee moves to 38-91 all-time vs. Auburn, including a 19-39 mark in games played in Knoxville.
- Senior Hunter Martin dealt a career-high 9.0 innings vs. Auburn, also marking the longest outing by a Tennessee pitcher this season.
- Martin's 9.0 inning complete game is the first for Tennessee since May 16, 2013, when VFL Zack Godley went the distance in a 5-1 loss vs. Texas A&M.
- With his double in the ninth inning, Jordan Rodgers has now reached base safely in each of his 30 games started this season, a team-high streak.
- Freshman Pete Derkay has now reached base in 10 straight games, going 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch vs. Auburn's starter Casey Mize.
- On Deck for the Vols: Game Two of Tennessee's series vs. No. 10 Auburn is slated for 6 p.m. ET on SEC Network+ stream, with righty Garrett Stallings (2-0, 3.00) facing off against Tigers right-hander Keegan Thompson (4-1, 1.27).
- Thursday's attendance at Lindsey Nelson Stadium: 1,876