April 4, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
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Luke Peavy's flair single into shallow right field scored Samford's Bear Burnett with the game-winning run as Auburn fell to the Bulldogs, 5-4, on Tuesday night at the Hoover Met.
After spotting the Bulldogs a two-run lead after one, Auburn tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third as Mike Bianucci hit a monster two-run home run over the wall in left. The home run was his sixth of the season, giving him the team lead in homers.
Samford answered right back in the bottom half of the frame with two more runs only to see the Tigers tie the game up again, this time at 4-4 in the top of the fifth as Josh Donaldson's RBI single scored Bianucci from third and then Andy Bennett came home on Luke Greinke's sacrifice bunt.
Auburn reliever Clarence Nicely had another great in a mid-week game. His 4.0 innings of work was the longest relief outing of his career and his K's was one shy of his career high, which was also done against the Bulldogs last April 12 when he got the start against at Samford.
Samford's Parker Gargis (1-0) earned the win as he threw two innings of shutout ball in relief, allowing just two hits and a walk. Joseph Edens earned his fourth save of the year as he pitched the ninth.
(3-3) took the loss for the Tigers as he allowed the game-winning run on two hits while striking out two in a full inning of work.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 14-18 on the season while Samford is now 15-15.
The Tigers stay on the road for a three-game set at SEC West rival Ole Miss this weekend. The two teams get the series underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.