Feb. 10, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
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The Auburn pitching staff limited the Florida State bats to just two hits while the Tigers' Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Tigers offensively as AU knocked off the No. 6-ranked Seminoles, 5-2, on Friday night at Plainsman Park.
"Our kids came out tonight, competed and enjoyed the moment and got after it," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "I thought we played the whole game well. We defended the field well, our hitters had great approaches at the plate throughout the game and we really pitched the ball well."
With the score knotted at 2-2 headed to the bottom of the seventh, Auburn (2-2) pushed three across the board to produce the final margin. Josh Stapleton provided a one-out pinch-hit infield single to put runners on first and second following Justin Bristow's (1-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R) walk. A single through the left-side of the infield by Tyler Johnstone (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) loaded the bases, bringing Bruce Edwards to the plate.
Edwards (1-for-4, R, RBI) laced a single into left, scoring Bristow from third, but Stapleton was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second. Donaldson then roped a double off the wall in left to score Johnstone and Edwards for the final margin.
Freshman Luke Greinke
earned his first save of the year as the Orlando, Fla., native struck out two and walked one without surrendering a hit while pitching the eighth and ninth innings.
"What can you say about a freshman as composed as Luke Greinke was? That is what he is he for. If we have a lead in the eighth, Luke Greinke is going to get the ball," Slater said.
Auburn starter Chris Dennis had a solid outing for the second consecutive time, holding FSU to just two hits while striking out a career-high-tying six batters in 6.0 innings.
FSU scored the first run of the game without getting a hit as leadoff hitter Shane Robinson was hit by a pitch and scored three batters later on Ryne Malone's sacrifice fly. Dennis settled down from there, retiring the next eight hitters in a row.
"Chris settled in and really threw the ball well after the first inning. I thought it was huge that he only gave up the one run in the first, keeping the game at 1-0 instead of 2-0," Slater said.
The Tigers scored their first two runs of the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Bristow doubled down the line in left and scored on Jonathan Rasberry's (1-for-2, R, RBI) single through the right side. Rasberry scored a batter later as Johnstone also doubled down the line in left, giving the Tigers the lead, 2-1.
Peter Wiggins (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers with an inning of perfect ball.
The loss was the first of the season for the Seminoles (3-1) and marked the Tigers' first win over the Seminoles in Auburn since the 1982 season.
The two teams will play the second game of the series beginning at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday. Auburn is scheduled to throw sophomore Brett Butts (0-0, 0.00 ERA) while FSU counters with junior Tyler Chambliss (1-0, 0.00 ERA).