May 15, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
Friday night's Southeastern Conference baseball game between Auburn and Alabama at Plainsman Park was halted with two outs in the top of the fourth inning due to rain and lightning with Auburn ahead, 3-1. The two teams will resume the game at 11 am CT on Saturday with Alabama's Josh Rutledge at the plate and a man on first.
Game three of the series will begin at 3pm CT regardless if game two is completed or not due to the live airing of game three on FSN South as part of the SEC Game of the Week. Should game two not be finished by 2pm, it will be resumed following the completion of game three, which will be a seven-inning game due to SEC policy.
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Ben Jones' RBI double, scoring Trent Mummey after he was hit by a pitch and stole second.
Alabama tied the game in the third on Clay Jones' two-out double to left-center which scored Jake Smith from first after he drew a two-out walk off of Auburn starter Grant Dayton, the only walk allowed by Dayton through the first 3 2/3 innings.
Auburn answered with two runs in the bottom of the third as Tony Caldwell picked up his third two-out RBI of the series with a single to score Brian Fletcher. Casey McElroy followed with a RBI single of his own to score Hunter Morris to put Auburn up, 3-1.
Auburn had roughed up Alabama starter Del Howell for six hits through the first three innings and was also able to pick up a pair of steals off of the Alabama battery of Howell and catcher Vin DiFazio with Sanders joining Mummey with a swipe of second.
Though he had allowed seven hits, Dayton had and the Auburn defense had held Alabama to just one run as he recorded five strikeouts, twice striking out a man with a runner on third and two outs.