Feb. 11, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
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No. 6 Florida State scored four runs between the first two innings and held the Tigers off for the rest of the day as the Seminoles defeated Auburn, 8-3, Saturday at Plainsman Park.
"I though we had good at-bats throughout the day," Auburn head coach Tom Slater said. "We had four errors to their one and that's the name of the game. We swung the bat well throughout the day and hit a lot of balls hard. The bottom line is you have to play solid defense, especially when you are playing a team as talented as Florida State."
FSU quickly took the lead, scoring twice in the top of the first, taking advantage of two Auburn errors. Shane Robinson scored when Buster Posey reached on an error, followed by Dennis Guinn's RBI single to give the Noles a 2-0 lead.
Auburn (2-3) answered in the bottom half of the inning when Andy Bennett's (1-for-5, RBI) single up the middle scored Tyler Johnstone (1-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI).
The Seminoles tacked on two more runs in the second after a Robinson (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs) RBI-double and a sacrifice fly by Jack Rye.
FSU (4-1) scored four runs with two outs in the 5th inning to pull away. With the Seminoles leading 4-1, Buster Posey drew a two-out walk with the bases empty followed by a hit-batsmen and an intentional walk, loading the bases. A Dennis Guinn single to left off Auburn reliever Clarence Nicely pushed two runs across the plate. Tony Thomas, Jr. followed with a blooper to center, scoring Josh Spivey and Guinn.
Florida State starter Tyler Chambliss (2-0) pitched six-plus solid innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to earn the win
Brett Butts (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers in his first career start, allowing six earned runs in 4.2 innings of work.
Auburn was led offensively by Justin Bristow, who had three hits and scored a run.
The two teams will play the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Lefty Evan Crawford (0-1) will get the nod for the Tigers while Barrett Browning (0-0) will throw for the Seminoles.