Tigers Cruise To 10-1 Win Over VMI Behind Luckie's Complete Game
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Cory Luckie
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Cory Luckie
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March 8, 2008

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Freshman left-hander Cory Luckie needed just 101 pitches to throw his first complete game as the Auburn baseball team rolled to a 10-1 win over VMI on Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The Prattville native surrendered just eight hits, all singles, and struck out seven as Auburn improved to 9-4 on the season.

Working with a lead from the bottom of the first on, Luckie was masterful for Auburn, allowing multiple hits in just two innings while not issuing a walk on the afternoon. Of the nine innings he threw, the most pitches he tossed in an inning was 14, in both the fifth and eighth.

"Today was a day that you had to be in the zone," Luckie said. "When a team sees that you can throw a strike with your fastball, with your curveball and with the change-up, it really makes it hard on them and I was able to do that today and keep them off balance."

The only blemish on Luckie's line score came in the third when the Auburn defense allowed a run as Graham Sullivan reached third on a three-base error and scored on a groundout to short.

"Cory was outstanding, that was a fun pitching performance to watch," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said.

Auburn gave Luckie all the support he would need in the first innings, collecting RBI hits from Joseph Sanders (1-for-5, 2B, R) and Kevin Patterson (2-for-2, BB, R). With his two-RBI single in the first, Sanders has now driven in seven runs in his last four games.

"It's very comforting as a pitcher to know that this offense can put up runs for you," Luckie said. "It helps you stay ahead of the game."

Auburn padded its lead to 6-0 in the second as David Cunningham (2-for-4, R) and Mike Bianucci (3-for-5, 2B, R) each collected RBI hits and Bianucci scored on a VMI error, one of four for the day for the Keydets.

Trent Mummey hit his first career home run with one down in the bottom of the fifth, sending a solo shot into the visitor's bullpen in right field to make it 10-1.

Michael Bowman (2-1) took the loss for VMI (4-6), surrendering eight runs (six earns) on seven hits and two walks in 3.0 innings.

Auburn will go for its second four-game sweep of the season on Sunday at 2pm when it sends sophomore righty Scott Shuman (1-0) to the mound. VMI is expected to throw right hander Chris Henderson (2-0).