March 28, 2006
TROY, Ala. -
Auburn spotted Troy a nine-run lead after four full innings but battled back to make a game of it before falling to the Trojans, 12-7, on Tuesday night at Riddle-Pace Field.
"I am not happy that we are losing, nobody is. The kids aren't, the coaches aren't, but the effort was there and the kids played hard. We are working at it and we will be back out there tomorrow trying to get better," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said.
After scoring a run in the top of the first, Auburn (12-16) allowed the Trojans (17-9) to score four in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead after four complete.
The Tigers cut Troy's lead in half to 10-7 in the top of the seventh as Derek Sain (1-for-2, 2 RBI) and Ryan Stanley (2-for-4, 2 RBI) hit back-to-back home runs, the first of the season for both players. Sain's shot was a two-run job off of the scoreboard in centerfield, scoring Mike Bianucci (1-for-3, BB, R, RBI), who had walked to start the inning. Stanley then sent a shot over the wall in left giving AU its first back-to-back homers of the year.
Josh Donaldson (1-for-4, BB, RBI), starting at third base tonight, hit his third home of the season to lead off the Tigers' half of the fourth and bring the score to 7-2 Trojans.
Troy starter Jon Gianquitti moved to 3-0 on the season after allowing four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Former Tiger Mike Felix earned the save after allowing just a hit and a walk in 2.1 innings of relief.
AU starter Bryan Woodall (0-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings of work.
The Tigers return to Southeastern Conference play for a three-game set as AU plays host to Kentucky at Plainsman Park this weekend. First pitch for Friday is set for 7 p.m. CT while Saturday's game gets underway at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.