Feb. 26, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn baseball team split a doubleheader with Elon on Sunday, falling in the first game of the twinbill, 3-2, but rebounding in the second game with a 13-3 victory.
"The effort and the way we competed for 18 innings today was outstanding," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "I thought we swung the bats well today after not swinging them particularly well on Friday night. I thought we pitched extremely well and for the most part defended very well today also. Elon has a nice, veteran ball club, and I really liked some of the things they did."
Auburn used home runs by Andy Bennett (2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI), Mike Bianucci (1-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI) and Josh Donaldson (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) to put the Phoenix away in game two. Bennett smashed his third four-bagger of the year, a solo shot to right, to give Auburn a 3-0 lead after three.
The Tigers than poured it on in the fourth, scoring eight runs off of four hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Bianucci's one-out grand slam blast off of the brick pillar to the right of the scoreboard highlighted the inning. The grand slam was Bianucci's third home run of the year and gives him 12 RBIs on the season.
Donaldson capped off the scoring for the Tigers as he put one over the wall in left in the eighth for his first home run of the season.
Evan Crawford (1-1) earned the victory for the Tigers, the first of his career, as he allowed two runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts in five complete innings of work.
Steven Hensley (0-2) was the game two loser for Elon, allowing six runs in three innings.
The Tigers stranded a total of nine runners in the first game as Brett Butts (1-2) was out-dueled by Elon's Matt Chastain (2-0). Butts allowed just three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings but Chastain was just a little bit better, allowing two runs on nine hits in 7.0 innings.
Elon (7-4) scored single runs in each of the second, third and fifth innings to hold off the Tigers, who had 10 hits, including a 2-for-3 game from Donaldson.
The Tigers (7-5) return to the diamond on Tuesday afternoon for a matinee with Davidson. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. CT.