Feb. 21, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
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Josh Stapleton hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the tenth inning to give Auburn a 5-4 win over in-state foe Troy at Plainsman Park on Tuesday. Stapleton's single produced the Tiger's second walk-off, extra-inning win of the season.
"I was very pleased with how composed our kids were in another extra-inning game," AU head coach Tom Slater said. "We had a lot of first-year Auburn players come to the plate in that tenth inning and I thought we handled the pressure very well."
The tenth inning began with Russell Dixon (1-for-2, R) placing a base hit through the right side of the infield. Mike Bianucci (3-for-5, R) followed with a double down the left field line, chasing Trojan pitcher Jonathan Sabat. Josh Dew, his replacement, hit Justin Bristow (1-for-2, RBI, R) with a pitch before striking out Ben Jones, who had entered the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement. Stapleton (1-for-3, RBI) walked to the plate and roped Dew's 1-2 offering down the right field line to win the game for the Tigers.
"That was a big time at bat from Josh," Slater said. "I knew he had a hit when it left his bat."
Six of Auburn's nine starters had hits and Auburn pitching limited the Trojans to just five hits in the victory. Peter Wiggins (3-0) took the win for Auburn in relief, throwing three scoreless innings and allowing only one hit and a walk.
Prior to the heroics of the tenth inning, Auburn managed to push four runs across in the fourth frame. Andy Bennet (1-for-5, R), Jeff Boutwell (2-for-2, R) and Bianucci all singled to open the inning before Troy starter Josh Blackwell walked in two runs and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Philip Stringer. J.J. Whetsel replaced Blackwell and struck out Bruce Edwards (1-for-4) before allowing a fourth run to score on a balk.
The Trojans tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning with three runs off of Auburn relievers Clarence Nicely and Johnny Thompson. Tom King drove in one run with an infield single off of Nicely and three batters later, pinch hitter Mike Green singled in two more off of a Thompson offering.
Auburn starter Bryan Woodall took a no-decision after tossing 5.0 innings and allowing only one run on one hit, a Mike Felix home run to right center in the fifth inning. Woodall struck out five in the game, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a walk to King in the fourth.
Sabat (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Trojans after allowing only two hits and the winning-run in two innings of work.
The Tigers return to action at Plainsman Park on Friday, Feb. 24th in the opening game of a three-game set with the Elon Phoenix. The Friday and Saturday games are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts and first pitch Sunday is slated for 1 p.m.