Feb. 19, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Eight of Auburn's nine starters recorded a hit and the Auburn pitching staff limited Hofstra to just two runs on four hits as the Tigers defeated the Pride, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon to complete the series sweep.
"I think we have gotten better each time we have gotten on the field," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "We are three weeks in now, and I think we were better last weekend against Florida State (than the first week against VMI) and I think we were better this week against Hofstra."
Auburn (5-3) scored two runs in the first, one in the third and two in the fourth to complete AU's first three-game series sweep since the Tigers took care of VMI on March 11-13, 2005.
Tyler Johnstone (1-for-4, 2 R), Josh Donaldson (2-for-3, R), Andy Bennett (1-for-3) and Jeff Boutwell (1-for-4) each had an RBI for the Tigers as Auburn remained perfect against the Pride all-time, moving the series record to 9-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Auburn's two runs in the first came off of a Bennett double-play groundout and a Boutwell triple to center, giving AU a 2-1 lead after one.
Bennett pushed another run across in the third as he singled up the middle, scoring Donaldson, who had doubled down the line in left a batter earlier.
The Tigers closed out the scoring in the fourth as Johnstone singled up the middle to score Josh Stapleton (1-for-4) and later came home on Donaldson's double to the wall in left.
Reliever Andy Masten (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he allowed just a hit and a walk while striking out two in two full innings of work.
Luke Greinke earned his second save in as many days, working a scoreless ninth.
After allowing a hit and an unearned run in the first, Auburn freshman starter Evan Crawford settled down to limit the Pride to just one more hit and another run while striking out four and walking two.
Will DeVito (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Pride (0-6) as he surrendered all five Auburn runs on nine hits in four innings of work.
The Tigers return to the diamond on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. CT when the Troy Trojans visit Plainsman Park.