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Auburn baseball beats No. 4 Tennessee 9-5 in game one

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The Auburn Tigers defeated the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers 9-5 in the first game of the series at Plainsman Park tonight.

The game was explosive at the beginning, but as it progressed it developed into a duel between the pitchers.

What are the most important things to take away from the game?

Auburn's bullpen got involved early

Dylan Watts started for Auburn and didn't have his best day. In just 1.1 innings, Watts allowed five runs on six hits.

Carson Myers was the first Tiger to work his way out of the pin, and he got things back on track. In 3.2 innings, Myers allowed just three hits with no runs and struck out four batters while issuing just three walks. John Armstrong played the rest of the game and also held the Volunteers scoreless.

Auburn's rotation hasn't had an ideal start to conference play, but its bullpen has done everything it can to help it along.

Ike Irish had a night (shocking)

Auburn's second-year catcher has had as good a start to the season as anyone could hope for.

The Hudsonville, Michigan native worked his magic again, going 3-4 with two RBI and a home run.

Not surprisingly, the Irish's .376 batting average is the highest on the team for Auburn. His presence at the plate is felt in every single game. Butch Thompson and co need to make the most of Irish talent while they have it as he could soon be playing at the next level.

Tennessee's lineup had a good night as a unit

Despite the loss, the Volunteers batting order has a lot to worry about.

Four volunteers had multiple hits and only four of the volunteers did not get at least one hit.

The consistent batting order is one of the main reasons the Volunteers have gotten off to such a successful start this season.

Auburn is now 18-11 on the season and 2-8 in conference play.

What's next?

First pitch for the second game of the series is scheduled for tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. CT. The television broadcast can be found on SEC Network+ and the Auburn Sports Network broadcast can be streamed anywhere on the Auburn Athletics app.