Two-Out Runs By No. 23 Auburn Down Memphis 6-2
March 8, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - No. 23 Auburn (10-3) scored five runs with two outs and topped the University of Memphis baseball squad 6-2 on Tuesday night at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala.
Auburn tallied three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead over Memphis. Memphis starter Heath Hatfield walked two-straight Auburn batters with two outs in the inning and Justin Fradejas hit an RBI-double off the left field wall to plate the first run. Auburn second baseman Justin Hargett followed with a two-RBI single up the middle to drive in the second and third runs of the game for the host Tigers.
Auburn plated two more runs in the fourth following two walks with two outs. Walks to Haggert and centerfielder Creede Simpson brought shortstop Casey McElroy to the plate with a chance to add to the 3-0 lead for Auburn. McElroy singled to drive in Hargett and third baseman Wes Gilmer followed with an RBI-single. Memphis right fielder Robby Graham threw out McElroy at home plate to end the inning and keep Auburn's lead at 5-0.
Memphis (6-4) plated a run in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-1. Rick Russell drew a one-out walk and Ethan Gross singled to right to advance Russell to third. Drew Martinez followed with a sacrifice fly to center field and Russell scored.
The U of M continued to chip away at Auburn's lead in the sixth, plating one run. Graham led off the inning for Memphis with a double to right center. Jacob Wilson flew out to right and Graham advanced to third. Memphis designated hitter Eli Hynes collected an RBI with a groundout to second that Graham would score on to make the Auburn lead 5-2.
Auburn plated an insurance run in the eighth to set the final score of 6-2. A RBI-double by McElroy drove in Simpson after he reached via a walk.
Hatfield allowed three runs on five hits in three innings of work and he struck out three and walked two and hit one batter. Dan Langfield came in from the bullpen in the fourth and worked 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits. Langfield recorded eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the sixth and seventh innings. Ben Paullus recorded two outs in the eighth, both via strikeouts.
Memphis pitchers ended the game with 13 strikeouts and 12 of the 13 strikeouts came with Auburn base runners in scoring position. The U of M walked nine batters and hit another to set up Auburn with scoring chances.
Graham led Memphis with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Gross, making his first career start, finished with two hits. Auburn starter Will Irvin (2-0) collected the win on the mound after allowing two runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. Ethan Wallen earned the save for Auburn, pitching two scoreless innings.
Memphis and Auburn conclude the two-game midweek series tomorrow night. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Plainsman Park.