Paxton's Pitching Helps Baseball Tigers Sweep UK

Colby Paxton and Bobby Huddleston were the stars for Auburn as the Tigers won their 21st game.

Lexington, Ky.--With a strong performance from starting pitcher Colby Paxton, the Auburn baseball Tigers completed a three-game sweep with a 10-3 victory on Sunday.

Paxton didn't give up a hit until a leadoff bunt single to open the fifth inning. He improved his record to 3-1 as he allowed one earned run on four hits in six and one-third innings. Paxton struck out four Wildcats and walked two.

Colby Paxton

The Tigers improved their record to 5-1 in the SEC and 22-5 overall. Kentucky is still winless in six tries against Southeastern Conference competition. UK is 8-14 overall.

Bobby Huddleston had the game winning hit for the Tigers, a three-run homer in the sixth inning with the game tied at 1-1. The Tigers added two more insurance runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth inning to win by a comfortable margin.

Huddleston's team-high eighth homer off UK starter Seth Stanley pushed home Javon Moran and Tug Hulett who opened the inning with singles.

Auburn coach Steve Renfroe said, "I thought Colby (Paxton) was real good and that was great to see. The hitters did a great job today. Their starter, Stanley, stuffed us and we made adjustments as the game went on. The last few games we scored runs late, which was exciting to see."

Kentucky coach Keith Madison said, "Overall, I was disappointed in our effort today. There were some bright spots, but we lost our intensity once we got behind and we cannot afford to do that against a team the caliber of Auburn."

Hulett extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits. Moran, Hulett and Huddleston, who had five RBI, also had three hits apiece.

Kentucky got two hits apiece from Casey Gilvin and Michael Bertram.

Junior first baseman Karl Amonite put Auburn ahead 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with a two-out double down just inside the bag a first base to score Hulett from first base.

UK tied the game in the fifth inning on Michael Bertam's sacrifice scoring Caleb Stewart, who led off with a single and advanced to third later in the inning on an error.

Corey Dueitt and Steven Register finished up on the mound for the Tigers. Dueitt pitched one and two-thirds innings and did not give up a run. Register allowed one run in the ninth.

The Tigers have no midweek games scheduled and are off until playing a three-game series Friday-Sunday at Georgia.

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