May 5, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
LSU's Jarred Bogany raced home on a two-out passed ball in the top of the fourth and that run proved to be the difference as Auburn fell to No. 28 LSU, 4-3, in the series opener at Plainsman Park on Friday night. The loss dropped Auburn into a tie with LSU at 9-13 in SEC play, one-and-half-games behind Mississippi State for eighth in the chase for the SEC Tournament.
"The bullpen did an outstanding job of keeping us in the game and our kids battled back. From the fifth inning on, there were a lot of zeros on their side and a lot of runs scored on our side," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said.
After allowing three runs in the top of the third on a solo home run, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, Auburn went to its bullpen, which again was solid, allowing just one run in 6.1 innings of work.
Paul Burnside again played the role of fireman for the Tigers, relieving AU starter Brett Butts with two men on and two outs and once again rescued Auburn from a jam. Burnside finished the night having allowed an unearned run on two hits in 3.1 innings to run his streak to 25.1 innings of conference play without allowing an earned run. The lone run he allowed came on the passed ball in the top of the fourth with two outs to make it 4-0 LSU at the time.
Josh Donaldson (2-for-5) blasted his team-leading ninth home run of the season for Auburn, a solo shot with one out in the eighth to bring Auburn within a run at 4-3. It was Donaldson's fourth home run in his last six games.
Clay Dirks (4-4) picked up the win for LSU, allowing two runs on six hits in 6.1 innings of work.
Chase Dardar earned his fourth save of the year with 1.1 innings of 1-hit ball out of the LSU bullpen.
Justin Bristow finished a perfect 4-for-4 on the night with three singles and a double, scoring a run. It was the first four-hit night of Bristow's career.
Andy Masten surrendered just a hit in 3.0 innings of work out of the pen for Auburn.
Auburn's Butts (3-6) was tagged for three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings in the start, the shortest outing of his career.
Tyler Johnstone finished the night 0-for-5, snapping his 12-game hitting streak. It was also just the second time this season that he did not reach base safely in a game.
Auburn is now 22-26 overall while LSU is 30-17.
The two teams will step back on the diamond for a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday night in a game televised on CSS. Auburn will send Evan Crawford (5-5) to the mound while LSU will counter with Louis Coleman (4-3).