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Tigers Fall, 9-4, In Series Opener At No. 7 Arkansas

April 30, 2010

Final Stats

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Auburn allowed No. 7 Arkansas to put together three three-run innings while Auburn was shutout from the fifth inning on in a 9-4 loss at Baum Stadium on Friday night. Auburn led 4-0 after the top of the fifth but could not keep the SEC West leader out of the scoring column during its final five half innings as Auburn dropped a Friday night league game for the fifth time in seven SEC series.

"I thought there was two halves of the baseball game," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "You look at the first half of the game and we did some really positive things and then in the second half we made one mistake here and there and they capitalized on it and good teams do that."

Drew Smyly ran his record to a perfect 7-0 by throwing his second complete game of the year, striking out nine without issuing a walk. Of the four runs he allowed only two were earned as Arkansas improved to 35-8, 14-5 SEC.

Michael Hurst (2-1) took the loss as he allowed five runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings, entering with Auburn (28-15, 10-9 SEC) up 4-0 and a man on first with none out in relief of Cory Luckie.

Auburn took advantage of a pair of Arkansas errors to take a 2-0 lead in the third. Ryan Jenkins started the inning with a grounder to short that went through Arkansas shortstop Matt Reynolds' legs. Justin Hargett then dropped down a sac bunt but the lob throw from Smyly to first was high, allowing Hargett to get on as well. A one-out single to right by Trent Mummey loaded the bases and then Hunter Morris drove in two with single to left, his 54th and 55th RBI of the year.



Mummey's eighth home run of the year gave Auburn a four-run cushion, 4-0, in the top of the fifth. His blast, which landed in the visitors' bullpen in right, brought Justin Fradejas home after he beat out an infield single for the second time in the game.

Luckie threw four scoreless innings before being lifted following a leadoff single in the fifth. In four-plus innings he surrendered five hits and a walk and struck out two, though he would be charged for a run as Brett Eibner hit a two-out, three-run home run off of Hurst down the line in left into the home bullpen to make it 4-3 in the fifth. The home run was Eibner's 15th of the season and eighth against SEC opponents.

Arkansas went up 6-4 with a three-run sixth, highlighted by Collin Kuhn's two-RBI single through a drawn-in infield with runners on second and third and one out. Reynolds had tied the game with a RBI double down the line in right, scoring Monk Kreder with the first run of the inning before Zach Blatt allowed a hit to Kuhn when he entered for Hurst.

Arkansas tacked on three more in the eighth on when a passed ball allowed James McCann to score, Bo Bigham's sac bunt scored Reynolds and Zack Cox singled home Bigham.

Fradejas extended his hitting streak to 24 games when he led off the game with an infield single, beating the throw from third. His hitting streak matches the longest put together in the SEC this season, which was done by Arkansas' Cox.

The loss was just the second for Auburn when facing a left-handed starter, with both losses coming on the road.

Auburn will attempt to even the series on Saturday at 2pm CT. Arkansas will start Fr. LHP Randall Fant (3-0, 2.60) while Auburn has not determined its starter.

Arkansas 9, Auburn 4 (Apr 30, 2010 at Fayetteville, AR)
Auburn.............. 002 020 000 - 4 8 2 (28-15, 10-9 SEC)
Arkansas............ 000 033 03X - 9 13 4 (35-8, 14-5 SEC)
Win-Drew Smyly(7-0) Loss-Michael Hurst(2-1) T-2:40 A-7264

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