March 2, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
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For the second time in as many days, the Auburn baseball team had trouble getting hits off of Florida State's starter. After managing just four hits in the first seven innings on Saturday, Auburn was held to three through 7.0 innings by FSU starter Mike McGee (2-0) on Sunday as Auburn fell to No. 11 Florida State, 10-1, at Dick Howser Stadium.
Florida State (7-0) got an early lead and never let Auburn threaten, opening up a 3-0 lead after one. In the bottom of the first, FSU sent nine men to the plate, five before Auburn even recorded an out, with all three runs scoring on RBI singles by the 3-4-5 men in the lineup.
Austin Hubbard (1-1) lasted into the fourth inning before exiting with Auburn (4-4) behind, 4-0, surrendering six hits and walking five against two strikeouts.
For just the second time all season the Auburn bullpen was touched for multiple runs as the combination of Michael Hurst (1.2 IP, 3 R), Evan Crawford (1.2 IP, 1 R) and Sean Ray (1.2 IP, 2 R) were touched for six runs on seven hits and five walks.
David Cunningham helped Auburn avoid the shutout with his first RBI of the season, driving in a run off of FSU reliever Ben Francis in the top of the eighth.
Justin Hargett (2-for-4) and Brian Fletcher (2-for-4) each had multi-hit games for Auburn while Mike Bianucci (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the top of the sixth.
"We need to go home and build off of and learn from our experience of playing a good Florida State team," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater
said. "We need to take this experience and apply it to getting better in the next 48 games of the season."
Auburn will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 4, at 6 PM CT for the first game of an eight-game home stand. Davidson comes to Plainsman Park for two games before VMI comes to town for a four-game set beginning on Thursday, March 6. Appalachian State rounds out the home stand with games on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12.