While the offense got the Tigers out to an early lead, the story of the game was Luckie. He allowed a first-inning, one-out double before retiring 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced, issuing a third-inning leadoff walk, which was erased by a double play, the fourth turned by Auburn on the weekend. After allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in the fifth, he rebounded to retire 13 of the final 14 Vanderbilt hitters to pick up the win.
"We came up with some big hits and put some pressure on them early in the game and defensively we were really solid," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "It starts with the guy on the mound. What a gutsy performance by Cory today. He issued two walks, he filled the zone up all day long and he kept the leadoff guys off all day long. That is just a solid performance when we really needed one."
At the plate Fletcher hit his first two home runs in conference play this season to give him 39 for his career. His four RBI pushed his total to 44 on the season and came at a big time for Auburn facing a Vanderbilt pitching staff that has been very stingy this season.
"We just want to put the ball in play and make something happen and luckily I was able to do it (in the second), putting one over and giving us three runs," Fletcher said.
Not to be outdone, Trent Mummey continued his streak at the plate with a home run and three RBI to put him at 15 runs batted in on the season. The home run came in the top of the first and put the Tigers on top to stay as they would add two more runs to make it 3-0 before the Commodores even stepped to the plate.
In the second Fletcher extended Auburn's lead with his three-run shot to make it 6-0 Tigers. It would be 8-0 in the third as right fielder Justin Fradejas' two-out single scored two runs to make it a comfortable margin for Luckie. In the fifth a Justin Hargett singled extended the lead to 9-0 before the Commodores finally got on the board.
Scoring two runs off Luckie in the bottom of the fifth on singles from Anthony Gomez and Brian Harris, the Commodores watched helplessly as Auburn continued to pound the pitching on the mound. The Tigers came back to score three more before this one would be over with.
The two teams will play the rubber game at 1pm CT on Sunday in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU. Junior left-hander Grant Dayton (4-1, 5.18) gets the ball for Auburn while junior righty Taylor Hill (3-3, 3.51) will get the starting nod for Vanderbilt.