March 28, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn offense was relentless on Friday night, collecting eight runs through the first four innings as six Tigers collected multi-hit games in Auburn's 12-6 win over Tennessee in the series opener in front of 3,349 fans at Plainsman Park. The win improved Auburn's record to 17-9, 3-4 SEC while Tennessee dropped to 15-8, 4-3 SEC.
Trent Mummey, Hunter Morris and Joseph Sanders all had three-hit nights for the Tigers and combined to drive in half of Auburn's 12 runs with Mummey driving in a career-high three from the leadoff spot.
"I got a lot of chances at the plate to get some RBIs. My teammates did a really good job of hitting the ball and you can't get RBIs without your teammates," Mummey said. "We knew we had a good chance to put some runs up tonight and after the first inning we really started hitting the ball."
Bryan Woodall earned his seventh save of the season as he entered in the eighth with Auburn ahead 8-6 and runners on first and third and only one down. The first hitter he faced went down in a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play to end the eighth and then he retired three of the four hitters he faced in the ninth, two by way of strikeouts. The SEC saves leader, he is now in 10th on Auburn's single-season and career saves list.
"It's huge to come out and win the first game of the series," Woodall said. "We have really been playing well in the mid-week and I think that carried through to tonight.
"Coach (Butch) Thompson did a great job of calling a great sequence on (Danny Lima). He really chased the slider away and then (Ryan) Jenkins threw a perfect strike to second base to get the guy."
With the game tied up at 1-1 after one-and-a-half innings, Auburn broke it open with three unearned runs on three hits and two Tennessee errors in the bottom of the second and added to that with two runs in both the third and the fourth innings.
Tennessee cut it to 8-6 with three runs in the top of the sixth before Auburn put the game away with a four-run eighth, highlighted by Jenkins' (1-for-4, BB, 2 R) two-RBI double down the right-field line with the bases loaded and none out.
Grant Dayton earned the win to move to 3-1 on the season.
Steve Crnkovich (4-2) took the loss for Tennessee, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4.0 innings.
The two teams will resume the series at 3pm on Saturday in a game that will be televised live on CSS. Auburn will send Fr. LHP Cory Luckie (3-2, 2.55) to the mound while Tennessee will counter with R-Fr. LHP Bryan Morgado (3-2, 1.82).