Feb. 28, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Russell Dixon (3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) hit two home runs, a game-tying two-run blast in the fifth and the go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth, to help Auburn to an 8-6 win over Davidson on Tuesday at Plainsman Park. Dixon's blasts were his second and third of the season and gave the Tigers their fifth come-from-behind win of the season.
"We did the things we needed to do offensively to win this game tonight." AU head coach Tom Slater said. "We did a great job of getting guys on base and playing offense."
Auburn (8-5) pounded out 11 hits in support of a joint pitching effort from the Tiger's usual relief pitchers. Johnny Thompson (1-0), Auburn's fourth pitcher of the game, threw three scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and a walk, to earn his first win of the season while Peter Wiggins came on to pitch the ninth inning and earn his first save of the season.
Auburn got on the board first in the bottom of the second with three runs on three hits. Jeff Boutwell (1-for-3, 2B, R) led off the inning with a walk followed by three consecutive singles from Mike Bianucci (3-for-4, R), Jonathan Rasberry (1-for-4, R), and Justin Bristow (1-for-2, 2 BB, R, RBI). Bristow's single scored Boutwell before Bianucci and Rasberry came home on sacrifice flies from Luke Greinke (0-for-2, RBI) and Tyler Johnstone (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI).
Davidson (5-2) took the lead with runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Wildcats Rob Wilson and Jay Heafner each drove in runs in the third of off Auburn starter Clarence Nicely, who took a no-decision in his first start of the season, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out three in three innings of work.
Grant Cardwell replaced Nicely in the fourth and allowed two more runs on two hits while walking two in just two-thirds of an inning of work before being replaced by Paul Burnside. Burnside allowed another run in the fifth that pushed the Wildcat lead to 5-3.
Auburn tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with Dixon's first home run, a shot over the right field wall. Johnstone had reached on a bunt single before Dixon stepped to the plate.
An inning later, Dixon returned to the plate with two men on base and gave the Tiger's an 8-5 lead with a towering blast over the right center field wall. Bristow walked to lead off the inning and Johnstone singled through the left side after a Greinke sacrifice bunt. Dixon's home run gave him five RBI for the night.
Michael Kaufman (0-2) took the loss for the Wildcats, tossing only 0.2 innings but allowing the two base runners that scored on Dixon's second home run.
The Tigers will return to action this weekend in their first road series of the season at Arizona State. The Friday game will begin at 8 p.m. CT with the Saturday and Sunday contests beginning at 2 p.m. CT and 1 p.m. CT, respectively. All three games will be available on radio and gametracker.