Varnadore Fans 13 In Complete-Game Shutout Of Radford
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Derek Varnadore has not allowed a run in 16 innings this season
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Derek Varnadore has not allowed a run in 16 innings this season
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 27, 2011


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AUBURN, Ala. - Derek Varnadore carried a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings and finished the afternoon by allowing just four base runners while striking out 13 in his complete game, 2-0 shutout victory over Radford on Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The 13 strike outs were the most by an Auburn pitcher since Chris Bootcheck fanned 15 on March 6, 1999.

"That was one of the most fun games I have ever played," Varnadore said. "Everything was working for me and Tony (Caldwell) did a great job behind the plate and the defense played great."

Of Varnadore's 13 strike outs, seven of them were of the leadoff hitter and four of them were to end an inning. And of the four Radford (3-3) hitters to reach base, two by hits and two on walks, none would make it as far as third and only two would make it to second.

"That was probably the best pitching performance of innings one through nine that I have seen in a long time," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "He was in complete command. When we are struggling to score runs, we need that type of performance and he gave us what he could to win today."

In two outings, Varnadore (2-0) has thrown 16 innings of shutout ball, allowing just five hits and three walks, striking out 17.

"I felt like I had my fastball more today than I did last week so we were spotting that up and working on it," Varnadore said.

Auburn (5-2), which finished with six hits, used a Creede Simpson (0-for-2, SAC, R, BB) walk and a Casey McElroy (1-for-3, BB, RBI) double to the wall in right to take a 1-0 lead in the first.

A second-inning leadoff double by Kevin Patterson (2-for-3, 2 2B, R) and a bunt base hit by Wes Gilmer (1-for-2, SAC, BB) put runners on the corners for Cullen Wacker (1-for-2, SF, RBI), who delivered a sacrifice fly to center for all the scoring in the game.

Justin Hargett's single to lead off the eighth extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Radford's Bobby Bolling (0-1) took the loss, allowing both runs on five hits and a walk while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

Auburn returns to the field on Tuesday when it plays host to Bethune Cookman at 6pm in the first game of a two-game series. Game two is set for a 4pm start on Wednesday.

Auburn 2, Radford 0 (Feb 27, 2011 at Auburn, AL)
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Radford............. 000 000 000 - 0 2 1 (3-3)
Auburn.............. 110 000 00X - 2 6 0 (5-2)
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Win-Derek Varnadore(2-0) Loss-BOLLING,Bobby(0-1) T-2:04 A-2497

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