Auburn's Comeback Falls A Run Short In 6-5 Loss To No. 11 Florida State
Scott Shuman

Feb. 29, 2008

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Scott Shuman retired the final 14 hitters he faced and Auburn had the tying run on first with one out in the ninth but could not bring it home as Auburn's three-run, ninth-inning rally came up short in a 6-5 loss to No. 11 Florida State on Friday afternoon.

Shuman, who entered the game in the fourth with a man on first, allowed two hits and a sacrifice fly before sitting down 17 of the next 18 hitters he faced to keep the deficit to five runs at 6-1 after three-and-a-half innings.

"Scott Shuman did a great job out of the bullpen and he gave us a chance to win," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater said. "We did not swing the bats well today. We were able to put some good at-bats together late to make a run at them, but we had many chances early in the game that we did not capitalize on."

After getting a run on Kevin Patterson's (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) RBI double in the fourth to make it 6-2, Auburn could not get any offense going against Florida State starter Matt Fairel (2-0), who went 7.0 innings to earn the win.

Auburn's offense finally woke up in the ninth as Joseph Sanders (2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R) singled up the middle to lead off the inning and went to third on Patterson's single to right. Shortstop Matt Hall (0-for-2, 2 BB) reached on a throwing error that scored Sanders and Tony Caldwell then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Patterson from third. Justin Hargett's (1-for-4) RBI single scored Hall, putting the tying run on first before Florida State's closer Jimmy Marshall finished the game with a pair of strikeouts to give Florida State (5-0) the first two games in the four-game series.

Cory Luckie (1-1) took the loss for Auburn (4-2), lasting into the fourth inning but surrendering five runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks.

The two teams will resume the series on Saturday afternoon at Dick Howser stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. Auburn will send sophomore righty Taylor Thompson (1-0) to the hill while Florida State is scheduled to throw senior righthander Ryan Strauss. The game will air live on Sun Sports.