March 5, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Auburn baseball team could not avoid the series sweep by #17 Arizona State as the Sun Devils downed the Tigers, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium.
"I thought our kids really competed and played hard today," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "Evan did a great job in the start and Luke did a tremendous job of keeping us in the game."
Evan Crawford (1-2) looked solid for the Tigers in the start, allowing just four runs on six hits in four innings of work, but unfortunately the Tigers (8-8) couldn't get the runs across the board to hold off the Sun Devils (14-5).
Freshman Luke Greinke saw his most extensive time of the season on the mound this afternoon, entering the game in the fifth inning with a runner on and none out. After issuing a walk, he sat down the next three ASU batters and he wound up throwing 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out three.
ASU got on the board first as Ike Davis singled home Colin Curtis from second in the bottom of the third.
ASU tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Preston Paramore scored CJ Retherford from third with a single up the middle and then came home on Matt Hall's triple to the wall in left-center.
The Tigers got their only run on of the afternoon in the top of the fifth to get within two runs, 3-1, as Tyler Johnstone's one-out single through the right side of the infield brought home Justin Bristow (1-for-3, BB, R), who had singled to lead off the inning. The Tigers had a chance to do more damage in the inning but Brett Bordes (2-1) came in for the Sun Devils with one out and struck out Russell Dixon (0-for-5) before issuing a walk to Josh Donaldson (0-for-3, BB) to load the bases. Bordes then coaxed Andy Bennett (0-for-2, 2 HBP) to ground into a fielder's choice, thwarting the AU threat.
Arizona State added single runs in the fifth and sixth and three in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Johnstone (2-for-4, RBI) extended his streak of reaching base safely to 26 games with his one-out single into left in the third.
Auburn will return to the field on Friday when it plays the first of a three-game set with Birmingham Southern at Plainsman Park. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. CT on Friday night, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.