Auburn Scores Early And Often Enough To Top Razorbacks

by Daniel McFadin  on Saturday, May. 12, 2012 9:32 pm  

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Why the Razorbacks Lost

A night after getting only four hits and still beating the Tigers, the Razorback pitching staff gave up 16 hits and 11 runs through seven innings to the Hog’s nine. Auburn finished the game with 18 hits off seven different Razorbacks pitchers Saturday, with Brandon Moore (4-2) the only one to go more than 1 2/3 innings while taking the loss.

Saturday’s game, the Hog’s home finale, also marked the first time all season Dave Van Horn’s team had given up more than 11 runs. The Tigers (28-23,12-15) scored in every single inning except for the ninth against the Hogs (35-17, 13-14).

Turning Point

For the second time in the game, the Hogs allowed the Tigers to load the bases in the top of the seventh. With Trent Daniel on the mound, the Hogs gave up three runs, two coming with the bases loaded to make it 11-5 entering the bottom of the seventh.

The Razorbacks had their own bases loaded situation with two outs in the sixth, but first baseman Dominic Ficociello popped out to end the inning.


It could have been worse a lot earlier. Once the Tigers started roughing up starter Nolan Sanburn in the first inning, it was downhill from there for the Kokomo, Ind., native. Sanburn only faced nine batters and threw 44 pitches, giving up four hits, two earned runs while throwing one wild pitch and walking two.

Sanburn was pulled after loading the bases with no outs in the second inning, giving the ball to Tyler Wright, who walked in one batter to make it 3-1. Wright then struck out Creede Simpson before getting out of the inning on a double play.

Homer Bound

A night after hitting a two-run home run in the Hogs 5-4 victory, Ficociello hit his sixth homer of the season, in the first inning to give the Hogs their first run.

The Hog’s pitching staff gave up a homer to Patrick Savage in the third to make it 4-2 in favor of the Tigers, but left fielder Derrick Bleeker robbed Auburn of a second home run at the wall later in the game.



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