Baseball Tigers Pound Bulldogs In First Road Game

Birmingham, Ala.--Sean Gamble, Josh Bell and Tug Hulett had three hits each to lead the 11th-ranked Auburn Tigers to an 11-2 win over the Samford Bulldogs Tuesday night in Birmingham.

Winning their sixth consecutive game, the Tigers scored 10 runs in the first five innings to cruise to the victory in the final meeting between the two schools in 2003.

Hoover native Cory Dueitt earned his fourth win of the season and continued his dominant pitching by throwing three innings and allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out a season-high five Bulldog hitters. The outing extends Dueitt's scoreless streak to 15 2/3 innings this season.

Wanting to conserve the pitching staff for the upcoming weekend series against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Coach Steve Renfroe went to deep in the bullpen following Dueitt and the pitchers answered time and time again. First up was Chris Dennis, who struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief as Auburn built the lead to 10-0 with four runs on four hits in the top of the fifth inning. The lead increased to six when sophomore Kyle Bohm hit his first home run of the season to make it 11-0 Tigers.

In addition to Dueitt and Dennis, Grant Cardwell, Andrew Skinner, Jim Miksis and Bell also saw action on the mound for the Tigers, who struck out a season high 15 batters Tuesday night. The Bulldogs scored their only two runs of the night in the sixth inning and managed just eight hits on the night compared to 18 by the Tigers.

Clete Thomas, Javon Moran and Chuck Jeroloman had two hits each for the Tigers and Jeroloman drove in three runs from his number nine position in the batting order. Batting in his customary leadoff spot, Thomas had two doubles and scored two runs as the Tigers continued their torrid pace at the plate against the Bulldogs.

Auburn returns to action Friday at 2 p.m. CST when the Tigers play 25th-ranked North Carolina in their first tough road test of the season. Game times for the rest of the weekend are noon CST on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. CST on Sunday.

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