March 15, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Auburn scored seven runs over the final three innings but it was not enough to overcome the early seven-run deficit that it found itself in as Auburn fell at Florida, 12-8, on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
Auburn (11-7, 0-2 SEC) had the tying run on deck in the ninth but could not get him to the plate as Kyle Mullaney earned his first save of the season by getting Mike Bianucci (1-for-5, BB, R) to fly out to center to end the game with runners on first and second. Auburn entered the inning down 12-4 but scored four runs on RBI hits by Tony Caldwell (1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI), Matt Hall (1-for-5, 2 RBI) and Justin Hargett (3-for-6, 2 RBI).
Hunter Morris was in the on-deck circle for Bianucci's at-bat but was denied the opportunity to build on his 4-for-5, two RBI day. Included in his afternoon was a seventh-inning two-run home run, his team-leading fourth of the season, which made it 9-3 at the time.
Auburn found itself down by seven runs, 8-1, before the first batter was retired in the bottom of the second as Florida knocked in six runs in the first and two in the second off of Auburn starter Scott Shuman (2-1).
Bradley Hendrix relieved Shuman and put up a good outing, throwing a career-long 5.1 innings but was touched for four runs on nine hits.
"Our kids didn't give up this afternoon," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater said. "Bradley did a good job throwing out of the bullpen."
Patrick Keating (2-0) earned the win for Florida (13-3, 2-0 SEC), allowing a run on seven hits in 5.0 innings.
Justin Hargett extended his team-leading hitting streak to seven games, going 3-for-6 with two RBIs from the leadoff spot.
Auburn will try and salvage the final game of the series at 1pm ET on Sunday. Auburn will send Fr. LHP Cory Luckie (2-1) to the hill while Florida will counter with Fr. RHP Tommy Toledo (2-0).