March 12, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
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Taylor Thompson allowed a third-inning three-run home run and that proved to be the difference as the Auburn baseball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night, falling to Appalachian State, 4-2, in the final game of an eight-game homestand.
Ben Jones (3-for-4, 2 B) and Joseph Sanders (3-for-4, RBI) collected six of Auburn's nine hits between them as Auburn dropped to 11-5 on the season.
Jones is 7-for-10 in Auburn's last five games with three doubles while Sanders extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games in which he is hitting .387 (12-for-31).
Auburn's bullpen behind Thompson was solid once again as Bradley Hendrix (2.2 IP), Michael Hurst (1.0), Evan Crawford (1.0) and Bryan Woodall (1.0) combined to allow just two hits and a walk while striking out six in the final 5.2 innings.
Auburn got on the board in the first on Sanders' RBI groundout only to see Appalachian State score the three in the top of the third.
Appalachian State (8-7) added an insurance run in the fourth on an RBI groundout to make it 4-1.
Auburn got one back in the sixth when Jones' double to center was mishandled, allowing Luke Greinke to score from first and make it 4-2.
Aubrey Edens (2-0) earned the win for Appalachian State, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks in 5.0 innings.
Garrett Sherrill nailed down his second save of the season, striking out three sandwiched around a Hunter Morris single in the ninth.
Thompson took the loss (1-2), allowing all four runs in 1.1 innings.
Auburn opens SEC play on Friday night in Gainesville, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30pm CT.