Feb. 5, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn scored six runs in the fifth inning and had the game-tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth but the Tigers could not overcome a seven-run deficit after four-and-a-half innings as AU fell to VMI, 10-8, on Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The Tigers fell to 1-2 on the year while the Keydets are now 2-1.
"Let's give a lot of credit to VMI. The last two days they out-played and out-coached us," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "I thought from the fifth-inning on we played well, but unfortunately we didn't do enough work early."
Auburn starter Evan Crawford (0-1) surrendered five runs on seven hits in four innings of work to take the loss for the Tigers. The big blow came in the first inning as VMI scored four two-out runs on four hits and a sacrifice fly.
"I thought Evan had good stuff today. But credit VMI. They did a nice job of two-strike hitting and just putting ball in play," Slater said.
After falling behind 7-0 after the top of the fifth, Auburn rallied to score six runs in the bottom half of the frame, highlighted by first baseman Andy Bennett's (2-for-6, HR, R, 3 RBI) three-run home run over the wall in left.
VMI tacked on a run in the top of the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 10-7 that stood until the ninth inning.
Justin Bristow (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) led off Auburn's half of the ninth inning with a double down the line in left and scored on Jonathan Rasberry's (4-for-4, BB, R, RBI) single a batter later. Tyler Johnstone (2-for-5, R) followed with an infield single and the two moved up a base two hitters later on Josh Donadlson's (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) groundout. Bennett ended the game when he flew out to center.
Ian Casher (1-0) took the win for the Keydets as he went 3.1 innings and allowed just one run on four hits. Jacoby Fields earned his first save of the season, shutting down Auburn in the ninth as he took the mound after Rasberry's single.
The Tigers return to the diamond on Friday at 4 p.m. against Florida State. Single-game tickets will go on sale Monday at 8 a.m. at the Auburn Ticket Office. Tickets will also be available by phone at 800-AUB-1957, ext. 1. Game times for next weekend are Friday and Saturday at 4 and Sunday at 1. Single-game tickets for the FSU series are $10 each.