May 9, 2008
OXFORD, Miss. -
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Tim Ferguson's three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth off of Auburn closer Bryan Woodall ruined what was an outstanding pitching performance by Auburn's Grant Dayton as Auburn fell to Ole Miss, 7-6, on Friday night at Swayze Field.
Dayton went a career-long 7.2 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits without issuing a walk while fanning six before handing the ball over to Woodall, who was a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities coming into the night.
"Grant was outstanding. He did a super job of getting us deep into the ballgame; he really pitched well," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater said. "Woody (Bryan Woodall) has been a stud all year and he's our guy. We will run him back out there when we need to."
Woodall (0-2) entered with two down and nobody on in the eighth, surrendered a single to the first man he faced in Logan Power (1-for-4) but then retired Cody Overbeck (2-for-4) to close out the inning.
Justin Hargett (0-for-2, BB, HBP, 2 R) was hit by a pitch to lead off the Auburn ninth with AU up 6-4 but the Tigers were unable to bring him home, stranding Hargett at third in what turned out to be a crucial run that never scored.
Matt Smith (1-for-4, 2 R) and Michael Guerrero (1-for-4) led off the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back singles before Woodall fanned Zach Miller to get the first out of the inning. Ferguson then took a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left-center to cap Ole Miss' improbable comeback.
Ole Miss (32-19, 13-12 SEC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Overbeck cracked his 14th home run of the year, a two-run shot to left that plated Fuller Smith (1-for-3, 2 R, RBI), who reached on a fielder's choice.
Auburn (26-24, 10-15 SEC) got a run back in the top of the third on Trent Mummey's
(1-for-5, R, RBI) double to left-center that scored Hargett, who had reached on a throwing error by the Ole Miss third baseman Overbeck.
Mike Bianucci (1-for-5, 3 RBI) and Hunter Morris (2-for-4, 2 RBI) hit back-to-back home runs with two out in the top of the fifth to put Auburn up 5-2. Bianucci's blast was a three-run shot to left-center, giving him home runs in four straight games and 34 for his career. The last Tiger to hit a home run in four straight games was Karl Amonite, who did it over the course of two seasons.
Morris followed with his 11th four-bagger of the year, going deep to right-center to give Auburn its second set of back-to-back jacks of the season as the same pair had also done it at Vanderbilt on April 20th.
Auburn extended its lead to four runs at 6-2 in the top of the seventh on Morris' bloop double down the line in left, scoring Mummey, who had reached on an error earlier in the inning.
Ole Miss got one back to make it 6-3 as Zach Miller doubled in Matt Smith, who had reached on an error.
Ole Miss starter Lance Lynn last 6.2 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits, striking out 11.
Jake Morgan (2-0) earned the win for Ole Miss, tossing the final 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out four.
The two teams will play again at 4pm CT on Saturday with Auburn sending So. RHP Taylor Thompson (2-5, 6.57) to the hill and Ole Miss sending Fr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (4-1, 3.42).