March 3, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
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Arizona State scored six runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back as the #17 Sun Devils downed the Auburn baseball team, 14-2, in AU's first road game of the season.
"They hit rockets all over the field," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "I am proud of the way Bryan (Woodall) competed for us after that first inning. He settled in after the first and put up some zeros for us. You can't give a team as good as Arizona State more than three outs an inning, and we did that tonight. We just have to come out tomorrow and get ourselves going again."
The Sun Devils (12-5) pushed six runs, five of them unearned, across the board in the first inning on four hits and an Auburn error to jump all over the Tigers early. After allowing a leadoff triple to ASU's Ryan Sontag (3-for-4, 3 R), Woodall struckout the next two hitters before allowing a RBI-single to Ike Davis (4-for-5, 2 R, 7 RBI) and walking Preston Paramore. The Tigers looked like they were going to get out of the inning with just the one run allowed but a fielding error by Mike Bianucci allowed the Sun Devils to load the bases. Eric Sogard then walked in a run before JJ Sferra laced a bases-clearing triple down the line in right. The Tigers stopped the bleeding as Tyler Johnstone relayed Russell Dixon's throw in from right and gunned down Sferra trying to stretch the triple into an inside-the-park home run.
Auburn (8-6) was held without a base runner until the fifth inning when Andy Bennet (2-for-4) led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. Jeff Boutwell
(1-for-2) followed with a double down the leftfield line, but Bennett was gunned down at home off of a relay throw from ASU shortstop Joe Perichina. The AU threat ended when Jonathan Rasberry
grounded into a double play.
After putting two more runs on the board in the fourth, ASU padded its lead with two home runs in the fifth inning, a solo shot by Eric Sogard to lead off the inning and then a grand slam by Ike Davis five batters later, to make the score 13-0 after five complete.
Woodall (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing eight runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits with three walks and three K's in four innings of work.
ASU starter Jeff Urlaub earned his fourth win of the season against no losses as he held the Tigers to one run on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Tigers avoided the shutout when Tyler Johnstone (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) hit a two-run home run over the wall down the line in left with one down in the top of the eighth. It was the first home run of the year for the senior and just the second of his career, his other coming while he was a freshman at Purdue.
Johnstone had previously extended his streak of games reaching base safely to 24 games when he singled into right in the sixth.
The two teams will return to the field at 2 p.m. CT. Auburn is expected to send So. RHP Brett Butts (1-2) to the mound while the Sun Devils have not announced their starter as of yet.