Tallahassee, Fla.--After scoring runs in bunches on the opening weekend of play in the 2008 season, the Auburn Tigers had their poorest outing of the young season on Sunday as the Tigers were held to three hits through seven innings by Florida State starter Mike McGee (2-0) on Sunday as Auburn fell to No. 11 Florida State, 10-1, at Dick Howser Stadium to complete a four-game sweep for the Seminoles.
"We need to go home and build off of and learn from our experience of playing a good Florida State team," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater said. "We need to take this experience and apply it to getting better in the next 48 games of the season."
In his second start of the season sophomore Austin Hubbard (1-1) lasted into the fourth inning before exiting with Auburn (4-4) behind 4-0, surrendering six hits and walking five against two strikeouts. Florida State (7-0) got an early lead and never let Auburn into the game, opening up a 3-0 lead after one. In the bottom of the first, FSU sent nine men to the plate, five before Auburn even recorded an out, with all three runs scoring on RBI singles by the 3-4-5 men in the lineup.
Auburn could never get anything going offensively against the freshman McGee and unfortunately the strength of the Tiger team to this point struggled as well on Sunday. For just the second time all season the Auburn bullpen was touched for multiple runs as the combination of Michael Hurst (1.2 IP, 3 R), Evan Crawford (1.2 IP, 1 R) and Sean Ray (1.2 IP, 2 R) were touched for six runs on seven hits and five walks.
Redshirt freshman David Cunningham helped Auburn avoid the shutout with his first RBI of the season, driving in a run off of FSU reliever Ben Francis in the top of the eighth.
Offensively Justin Hargett (2-for-4) and Brian Fletcher (2-for-4) each had multi-hit games for Auburn while Mike Bianucci (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the top of the sixth.
Auburn will return to the field on Tuesday, March 4, at 6 PM CT for the first game of an eight-game home stand. Davidson comes to Plainsman Park for two games before VMI comes to town for a four-game set beginning on Thursday, March 6. Appalachian State rounds out the home stand with games on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12.