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Tigers Cruise Past Pride, 8-3

Feb. 18, 2006

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AUBURN, Ala. -

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Auburn put seven runs on the board in the first three innings and never let Hofstra threaten the Tigers' lead as AU defeated the Pride, 8-3, on a cool Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park.

"I was real happy with (Brett) Butts, he mixed his pitches well," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "We played offense today. Any time you can get eight runs off of eight hits, you did a nice job of playing offense. All in all it was a pretty solid effort by our club."

Andy Bennett led the Tigers (4-3) offensively as he went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, three runs and three RBI while Brett Butts (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, K) kept the Pride (0-5) in check from the mound over the first five innings to earn his first win of the season.

After falling behind 1-0 after a half inning, Auburn put three on the board in the bottom half of the frame as Bennett's single through the right side of the infield scored Tyler Johnstone (2-for-3, 2 R) and Bruce Edwards (0-for-3, 2 HBP, R). Two batters later Mike Bianucci (2-for-3, 2 RBI) plated Bennett with a single to left.

Auburn put four more on the board to take a 7-1 lead after three complete innings of play. A triple by Josh Donaldson (1-for-4, R, RBI) scored Johnstone and two batters later Russell Dixon (1-for-3, R, RBI) doubled down the line in right to score Donaldson and Bennett, who was intentionally walked. Bianucci closed the scoring for the inning with a sacrifice fly to right.



Bennett belted his second home run of the year in the bottom of the fifth for Auburn's final run of the game.

Bryan Woodall put in two solid innings of relief work for the Tigers, allowing just two hits and striking out one in two full innings of work.

The two teams will close out the series at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday when AU sends freshman lefty Evan Crawford (0-1) to the hill while Hofstra counters with junior righty Will DeVito (0-0).

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