March 26, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
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Vanderbilt (17-7, 5-1 SEC) scored three runs in the bottom of the first and their pitchers did the rest, limiting Auburn (12-15, 1-5 SEC) to two runs on six hits as the Commodores defeated the Tigers, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
Jeff Boutwell scored both of Auburn's runs on the afternoon, scoring on Philip Stringer's single after reaching on an error in the second and then coming home on Justin Bristow's single up the middle after he hit a one-out double in the top of the ninth.
Cody Crowell (3-0) earned the win for the Commodores as he allowed two runs on six hits in 8.1 innings of work.
After the first, AU starter Evan Crawford (2-4) settled in nicely for the Tigers, surrendering just two hits and two walks and allowing just one runner past second base over the next four-plus innings.
"Evan really settled in after the first and gave us a nice performance on the mound," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "It was nice to see a freshman like Evan go out, and on a day when he didn't have his best stuff, he still competed, filled up the strike zone for us and got through their lineup a few times."
Tyler Johnstone finished the day 0-for-4 and had his streak of games reaching base safely snapped at 36.
Auburn returns to the diamond on Tuesday, traveling to Troy for a 6 p.m. CT contest with the Trojans. It will be the second game of the season between the two clubs. Auburn beat TU in extra innings, 5-4, on February 21, at Plainsman Park.