Tiger Pitchers Stifle Hofstra In Sunday Victory

Auburn pitchers combined to hold Hofstra hitless for six and two-thirds innings on Sunday in the Tigers' 9-3 victory to complete the series sweep.

Auburn, Ala.--The starting pitching has been something of an enigman for the Auburn baseball Tigers this season, but Sunday freshman Mike Felix gave Coach Steve Renfroe all the encouraging signs he needed as the left-hander tossed five scoreless innings to get the victory in Auburn's 9-3 win over Hofstra.

At the plate outfielder Ben Sprague hit a three-run home run and the Tigers held Hofstra hitless through 6 2/3 innings total on the mound as the No. 10 Auburn defeated Hofstra, completing the series sweep Sunday at Plainsman Park. Auburn improved to 9-1 on the season, while Hofstra dropped to 0-5.

"It was a good win today," said Auburn head coach Steve Renfroe. "Mike Felilx pitched well and is continuing to improve with each outing.I thought we had good approaches at the plate and it was nice to get some of our other players playing time and rest a few of the starters before our most grueling stretch of the non-conference schedule."

Auburn opened the scoring with four runs in the third inning, including three compliments of Sprague's first home run of his Auburn career. Ben Maitland led off with a single and Clete Thomas walked two batters later before Sprague's homer to left-center field. Tug Hulett followed with a double and Sean Gamble doubled with two outs scoring Hulett for the final run of the inning.

Mike Felix

The Tigers added three run in the fourth inning, including a pair on Josh Bell's two out bases loaded single for a 7-0 advantage. Auburn extended the lead to 9-0 in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Sprague and a run-scoring single from Bell.

Sprague finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBI, while Bell added a pair of hits and three RBI. Hulett was 3-for-3 with two doubles for Auburn.

On the mound Felix walked four and struck out five batters to pick up his first career victory. In his first relief appearance since his freshman season Colby Paxton came on to pitch the sixth inning and Josh Sullivan, Chris Dennis and Michael Nix each tossed an inning of relief for the Tigers, who held Hofstra to a pair of hits.

Pride second baseman Ricky Caputo broke up the no hitter with a two-out single in the seventh inning with a two-run single off Sullivan. Sullivan hit and walked the first two batters of the inning before Caputo's single. Hofstra added a third run in the eighth inning on J.P. Wechter's RBI single scoring Josh Stewart.

Hofstra starter Ryan Dunn (0-2) was charged with the loss after allowing seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. Kellen Taylor gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings or work and Jeff Denlea finished the game by holding Auburn scoreless over the final three innings.

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Auburn hosts third-ranked Georgia Tech Tuesday evening at Plainsman Park beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each for the game and can be purchased at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum ticket offices.

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