March 26, 2008
HOOVER, Ala. -
Joseph Sanders' second career grand slam capped an eight-run fourth inning as the Auburn baseball team posted a 14-6 win over Samford on Wednesday night at Regions Park. Matt Hall continued his torrid pace at the plate, finishing the night 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and three runs scored as Auburn upped its record to 16-9.
Sanders' slam landed just inside the foul pole down the line in left for his second career grand slam and second home run of the 2008 season. It capped what was Auburn's highest-scoring inning of the season so far as Auburn scored on four hits, two errors and two walks to take a 10-3 lead heading to the home half of the fourth.
"We all did a good job of putting the ball in play and forcing them to make plays," Sanders said. "I knew he (Samford pitcher Joshua VanFleteren) was going to try and fill up the zone again because he gave me two fastballs in the first at-bat so I went hunting for the fastball and he gave it to me."
Bradley Hendrix earned his first career win with a solid four inning relief outing, allowing one run on three hits, striking out a career-high six, including the first and last batters he faced.
"I didn't try to do too much and tried to stay within myself and pound the strike zone as much as I could," Hendrix said. "It always feels good when your offense is playing good and the defense is playing well behind you."
Samford (12-8) had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third off of Scott Shuman with back-to-back walks to leadoff the inning followed by three singles before Auburn could get out of the inning and answer with eight runs in the next half-inning.
Hunter Morris' (1-for-5, BB, R) RBI triple had given Auburn a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as it scored Mike Bianucci, who hit his 13th double of the season to the right-center gap with two outs. Bianucci finished the night a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, two walks and two runs scored.
Trent Mummey went 2-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI from the leadoff spot, giving him six runs scored in his last two games.
Kevin Patterson had the seventh multi-hit night of the season, singling in the second and tripling in the fourth, scoring one run to finish 2-for-3.
Paul Burnside made his season debut in the eighth inning, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, striking out two.
VanFleteren (1-1) took the loss for Samford, allowing all eight of Auburn's runs in the fourth.
Auburn returns home for a SEC series against Tennessee this weekend. Game times are 6pm on Friday, 3pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.