Feb. 24, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Elon's Lance Cole pitched seven solid innings, surrendering just two runs on four hits as the Phoenix defeated Auburn, 10-2, on Friday at Plainsman Park.
"Credit (Lance) Cole for doing a really nice job," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater said. "He didn't try to get us out with harder stuff and we did a poor job of making adjustments to what he was doing to us."
Auburn (6-4) did not get onto the board until the bottom of the seventh when Russell Dixon blasted a two-run homer over the wall in right, his first of the season to bring the score to 7-2.
Ten different Elon batters recorded hits on the afternoon, including Robert Rodenbaugh, Chris Vasami and Adam Weaver, who had two each.
Elon (6-3) took the lead in the first inning after Grant Rembert doubled and eventually scored on Jordy Synder's groundout to shortstop. Elon padded its lead in the fourth when Vasami laced a double to left, scoring two runs. The Phoenix plated four more runs in the sixth to make it 7-0.
Tyler Johnstone led Auburn offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double. With the two hits, Johnstone has now hit safely in all 10 games this year and has a 16 game hitting streak dating back to last season.
Chris Dennis (1-1) took the loss for the Tigers, giving up five runs in five-plus innings of work.
The two teams return to action Saturday with the first pitch set for 4 pm CT. Brett Butts (1-1, 4.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers while Matt Chastain (1-0, 2.08 ERA) will throw for Elon.