Baseball Tigers Add To Win Streak

A committee of pitchers did the job for the baseball Tigers on Wednesday night.

Birmingham, Ala.--Auburn won its fifth straight baseball game with a 6-4 victory over Samford on Wednesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field.

A committee of six Tigers handled the pitching chores while Scott Schade and Todd Pratt each contributed a pair of runs batted in to help the Tigers improve to 12-4. Samford, which surprised Auburn earlier this season at Plainsman Park, is now 8-6.

"Two road wins is not easy anytime," said Auburn coach Steve Renfroe, whose Tigers knocked off UAB 13-1 on Tuesday night.

Next up for the Tigers is a three-game home series vs. North Carolina starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The Tigers will play the Tar Heels at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the final major tune-up before opening Southeastern Conference play March 15-17 when Kentucky comes to Plainsman Park for a three-game series.

Auburn struck first with a single run in the top of the second inning on an opposite field home run by Pratt.

The Tigers added four more runs in the top of the third inning to stretch the lead to 5-0 before the home team got on the scoreboard with one run off of freshman pitcher Reid Price, who pitched into the third inning for AU as the starter. He gave up two hits and walked one batter.

Jovan Moran and Tug Hulett singled to open the four-run third inning for Auburn. Bobby Huddleston then reached first on an error to load the bases. Moran scored on a wild pitch and Hulett scored on a single to right field by Schade to make the score 3-0.

Huddleston increased the lead to 4-0 when he scored on a ground out and Josh Todd singled to center field to score Schade.

Schade hit a solo homer over the left-center field fence to stretch the lead to 6-1 in the fifth inning. Samford matched that run in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the seventh inning.

Corey Dueitt

Former starter Corey Dueitt got the save by pitching the ninth inning. Samford put the tying runners on base with a pair of hits before Dueitt put out the fire.

"It was a tough game and I'm proud of the way our players competed," Renfroe said. "Our pitchers threw well and we jumped to an early lead and were able to hold on."

Sean Jones, who pitched two innings of scoreless ball, was credited with the victory in relief. Andrew Skinner followed and gave up one run in one inning. Levale Speigner pitched a scoreless inning, but top reliever Ken Clayton gave up three hits and two runs in two innings before giving way to Dueitt, who picked up his first save.

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