Auburn Falls At No. 8 Arizona, 8-1
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Jay Gonzalez had two hits and extended his hitting streak to six games
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Jay Gonzalez had two hits and extended his hitting streak to six games
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 24, 2012

Final Stats

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Auburn baseball team surrendered a five-run second inning to No. 8 Arizona and fell, 8-1, on Friday night at Hi Corbett Field at Tucson, Ariz. The loss evened Auburn's record at 3-3 while Arizona improved to 4-1. The two teams will close out the series with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 3pm CT.

"It was one of those games where we had some early momentum, we were up, 1-0, and then they had a big inning," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "They put some big swings on it. They had a great inning, scored five runs and never really looked back after that."

Derek Varnadore took the loss to fall to 1-1, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and a walk in six innings, striking out three.

Kurt Heyer (2-0) got the win for Arizona, allowing just an unearned run in seven innings, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out four.

Auburn's undoing came in the second as Arizona loaded the bases on three straight singles to start the inning. After a Varnadore strike out, Bobby Brown delivered a two-run double to right-center to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. A sac fly from Joey Rickard made it 3-1 before Alex Mejia hit a two-run home run to left to extend the lead to 5-1.

Auburn's lone run came in the top of the second as Creede Simpson singled and scored from second on a throwing error by Arizona third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean on a Dan Glevenyak sacrifice bunt attempt. The leadoff single for Simpson extended his hitting streak to 10 games dating to last season.

Jay Gonzalez finished the night 2-for-5, extending his hitting streak to six games with a fifth-inning single.

Mejia finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs and was one of three Arizona hitters to collect three hits on the night, joining Mejias-Brown and Brandon Dixon, who were both 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles each.

 

 

Auburn will start RHP Slade Smith (0-1, 9.64 ERA) and LHP Daniel Koger (0-0, 0.00) to the mound in that order in Saturday's twin bill. Arizona will counter with RHP Konner Wade (0-0, 2.45) and RHP James Farris (1-0, 0.00) in that order.

Arizona 8, Auburn 1 (Feb 24, 2012 at Tucson, AZ)
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Auburn.............. 010 000 000 - 1 10 0 (3-3)
Arizona............. 051 001 01X - 8 14 2 (4-1)
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Win-Heyer, Kurt(2-0) Loss-Derek Varnadore(1-1) T-2:36 A-2470

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