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On The Road With Auburn Baseball: At Ole Miss - Friday

May 9, 2008

It is 6-3 Auburn going to the top of the 8th. Grant Dayton is still in the game for Auburn while Ole Miss starter Lance Lynn left in the top of the sixth with two outs. Interestingly enough, all nine runs in the game thus far have been scored with two outs in the inning.

This will be the last update of the night so check back later for a final recap.

Mike Bianucci and Hunter Morris 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.

It is 2-1 Ole Miss as Auburn got a run on Trent Mummey's 11th double of the year, a soft-liner to the gap in left-center that scored Justin Hargett, who had reached on a throwing error.

It's 2-0 Ole Miss after two as Cody Overbeck hit a two-run shot to left in the first off of Grant Dayton. The news got worse in the middle of the second as Matt Hall was removed from the game for an injury. To replace him, David Cunningham moved from third to short, Mike Bianucci moved from right to third and Kevin Patterson came in to play right.

Here we are in Oxford for the final Friday night road game of the regular season for the Auburn Tigers, and its a big one. Auburn enters the weekend in 11th in the SEC but is just a game out of 8th, holding the tie-breaker ove eighth-place Kentucky and Tennessee, who happen to play each other this weekend in Knoxville. Think there will be some scoreboard watching going on around the league these next three days?

Auburn will send R-Fr. LHP Grant Dayton to the mound tonight. The Huntsville native is already 6-1 in league play and should he pick up a win tonight he would be Auburn's first seven-game winner in league play since Chris Morrison in 1995....that is a long time!

Swayze Field is one of the nicest venues in the league, and it remains that today despite the eye-sores due to construction going on here. By the time Auburn returns here in 2010 the grandstands will extend all the way down the lines. The current grandstands are decked out in Ole Miss colors, alternating blue and red seat sections. A change for this year has the bullpens beyond the outfield wall with a screen fence so that you can see who is warming up from the stands. And the big screen in left-center....WOW!

Dimensions for the park are 330' down the lines, 365 to the gaps and 390 to dead center

Here is tonight's starting lineup:
Bianucci...rf [HR in 3 straight games]
Morris...dh [recently invited to team USA tryouts]
Sanders...1b [on a 13-game hitting streak]



by Dan Froehlich, Auburn Media Relations
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