The Auburn Montgomery baseball team committed six errors in a four-run second inning and never recovered, as it fell to No. 2 Faulkner 13-2 in the opening game of a three-game Southern States Athletic Conference series Thursday evening at the AUM Baseball Complex.
The Warhawks fell to 32-19-1 overall and 15-13 in league games with the loss. Faulkner improved to 42-10 on the year and 23-5 in conference play.
Chad Mansmann finished with three hits and scored a pair of runs for the Warhawks, while Hayden Hillyer contributed two hits and a RBI. Blake Bearden also added a run batted in.
In addition to the defensive let down, AUM pitchers also combined to issue six walks and hit four batters in the loss.
Sergio Sanchez made AUM pay for each mistake it made, driving in a career-high six runs in the contest. The mark was also the best single-game performance by a Faulkner player this season. Sanchez finished the game 3 for 5 with bookend two-run singles.