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On The Road With Auburn Baseball: At Vanderbilt - Saturday

April 19, 2008

Hunter Morris just absolutely tattooed a home run down the line in right to give Auburn a 6-3 lead here in the resumed Game 1. Woodall back on the hill for Auburn.

That sounds a little backwards, doesn't it? Auburn fell 8-2 in Game 2 but will resume Game 1 with a 5-3 lead and the top of the Vanderbilt lineup due up in the bottom of the seventh.

I mentioned earlier that Michael Hurst was in the game when it was suspended last night. After checking with Coach Slater between the games, he told me that he confirmed with the umpires that Hurst does not need to start the game despite not throwing a pitch and being announced. However, if he doesn't start, he cannot be used in the game. And after throwing 1.1 innings in the game one, he won't come out. That task falls on Bryan Woodall.

The coaches are meeting a home plate, so it looks like we are just minutes away from going.

Vandy scored four in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-1 lead and knock Cory Luckie out of the game. In came Michael Hurst, who was announced on the mound in the seventh of last night's suspended game but never threw a pitch, so I am not sure how that will work when we resume that game.

In that game, Auburn is ahead 5-3 with Vanderbilt coming to bat. If you are near a radio, they are going to replay the top half of the seventh, when Auburn takes the lead, before rejoining Rod and Andy in the booth live for the completion of the game.

With it being just 30 minutes between games, there will be no post-game until after the completion of Friday's game.



It's 3-1 Vanderbilt as Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run, two-out double only to have Auburn answer on Justin Hargett's two-out RBI single to center.

Still 1-0 Vanderbilt after four. VU's Caleb Cotham has allowed a leadoff double to Hunter Morris in the second and then walked Brian Fletcher before retiring the next eight hitters he faced, five by strikeout.

On the other side of the scorecard, Cory Luckie just did a magnificent job of working out of a jam, allowing a leadoff triple but stranding the man there by getting a lineout and two groundouts. Heading to the top of the fifth, it is 1-0 Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt has a 1-0 lead after Shea Robin's RBI single with two down in the second scored Dominic de la Osa. In last night's suspended game, Robin has three of Vandy's nine hits and two of its three RBIs.

2:22 PM
And we are underway, finally. Game officially started at 2:17 pm on the Hawkins Field clock after a 2 hour, 10 minute delay. Auburn goes three-up, three-down in the first half inning.

For those wondering, all of the stats for the first game today will be based off of stats as if last night's game was never played because of the fact that the game has not been completed. A little confusing, yes.

1:40 PM
Make that a 2:15 pm CT start after the rain delay...and CSS will not carry the games live. They have just said that they will air it tape delay.

1:28 PM
We have just gotten word that we are going to start right around 2pm with the game still airing on CSS.

PREGAME - 11:35
Doesn't look like we will be starting today's game at noon as the Commodores just pulled the tarp over the field. No rain coming down right now but there is a pretty big rain cell on the radar just on the other side of town.

According to the radio boys, Rod and Andy, "It's coming quick." Check back later for an official word on when we will start.

Back at Hawkins Field for game two - without a completed game one - of the Auburn-Vanderbilt series. Since today's originally scheduled game is to air on CSS at noon, last night's suspended game will be resumed following the completion of this one with Auburn ahead 5-3 in the middle of the seventh and Michael Hurst on the hill for Auburn.

With the suspension last night and Alabama-Mississippi State getting rained out, Auburn enters today still in a three-way tie for second in the SEC West, now 2.5 games behind Ole Miss, who lost 6-2 to South Carolina last night, and tied with Alabama and Arkansas, who downed Tennessee, 5-4.

Auburn will go with the same lineup as last night's game that never ended....

by Dan Froehlich, Auburn Media Relations

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