March 10, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Birmingham Southern's Brandon Hynick struck out 11 Auburn batters and limited the Tigers to six two-out base hits in 7.0 innings of work as BSC defeated Auburn, 6-1, on Friday night in non-conference baseball at Plainsman Park.
"Our kids played hard tonight. They came out ready to go and I am not disappointed in effort whatsoever. We got beat. We will be out here ready to pound the rock tomorrow," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "Brandon Hynick did a really nice job. His split finger was real good tonight and then later in the game he pitched a little backwards, throwing off-speed early in the count and coming back and challenging us with some up-zone fastballs."
Bryan Woodall (0-2) pitched effectively for the Tigers in the starting role but was touched for three runs on four hits in the third inning. In 5.2 innings of work, Woodall allowed just the three runs on seven hits while matching his career-high with five strikeouts.
"Bryan Woodall just keeps getting better. He had one inning where he left a couple of balls up, but he settled in after that. Bryan is doing a great job, competing his tail off for us," Slater said.
Hynick (2-1) was in command all night long as he struck out a career-high 11 batters. After allowing a single run to the Tigers in the bottom of the first, Hynick sat down 19 of the next 22 batters he faced.
Auburn's run came off of heads-up base running by Josh Donaldson, who had stroked a two-out single to left and moved to second on Andy Bennett's single to right. Jeff Boutwell then roped a shot towards the hole on the left side of the infield, forcing the BSC third baseman to make a diving stop. After making the throw to first, which was not in time to get Boutwell, no one had covered home plate, allowing Donaldson, who was hustling on the whole play, to score.
BSC took the lead in the third as Ronny Woods led off with a single and moved to second on Mark Goforth's sacrifice bunt. Scott Billak then doubled in Woods with a shot off the wall in left and scored two batters later on Hynick's double down the line in left. Hynick then came home on Blake Burtan's single to center.
Tyler Johnstone extended his streak of games reaching base safely to 27 games as he singled up the middle in the bottom of the fifth.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 8-9 on the year while Birmingham Southern improved to 4-7.
The two teams will play the second game of the series at 4 p.m. on Saturday. So. Brett Butts (1-3, 4.91 ERA) is expected to get the start for the Tigers while the Panthers are scheduled to counter with Sr. David Horne (1-1, 6.00 ERA).