April 1, 2008
MOBILE, Ala. - Auburn's attempt at a second straight come-from-behind win came up just short on Tuesday night as it dropped a 4-3 decision at South Alabama on Tuesday night at Stanky Field.
South Alabama (17-11) capitalized on a throwing error by Auburn reliever Evan Crawford on a sacrifice bunt attempt in the bottom of the seventh that led to a pair of unearned runs to break open a tie game and hand Michael Hurst (1-1) a hard-luck loss. Hurst threw 2.0 innings but was touched for an unearned run on two hits in 2.0 innings.
Mike Bianucci (2-for-4, 3 R) had brought Auburn (18-11) to within a run with his fifth home run of the season and 27th of his career in the top of the eighth and Auburn would get the tying run to second two times after Bianucci's blast but could not bring it home either time.
Joseph Sanders (2-for-3, SB) had knotted the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a RBI single down the line in left that scored Bianucci.
Auburn had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Bianucci raced home on a passed ball as Hunter Morris (2-for-3) was stealing second only to have South Alabama put themselves in the lead in the bottom of the fourth on Bunky Kateon's two-RBI double to the gap.
Matt Hall extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single through the left-side to lead off the third while Brian Fletcher extended his hitting streak to seven games with a lead-off single in the fifth.
Taylor Thompson had a solid outing for Auburn, going 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out four.
"Taylor pitched well," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater said. "He didn't just go out there and throw, he actually pitched very well, which was nice to see."
Auburn resumes Southeastern Conference this action as it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for a three-game series against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Game times are 6:30 pm on Friday, 2 pm on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday.