Tigers Looking For Second Sweep Of Tar Heels

Chapel Hill, N.C.--The 11th-ranked Auburn baseball Tigers will be going for another sweep of 22nd-ranked North Carolina after jumping on the Tar Heels early and holding on for a 7-4 victory on Saturday at Boshamer Stadium.

Auburn won its eighth straight game and improved to 15-3 with three pitchers getting the job done for the Tigers. On Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST Auburn will be going for the sweep against a UNC team that allowed Auburn to win the opener on Friday by an 8-7 score as the Tigers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning. Last year Auburn took a three-game series from the Tar Heels at Plainsman Park.

Corey Dueitt was the main man on the mound for the Tigers as he improved his record to 5-0 this season with four scoreless innings in relief of starter Eric Brandon, who gave up four runs and seven hits in four innings. The Tar Heels managed just one hit in the next five innings with Dueitt giving that up and closer Steven Register pitching a scoreless inning to wrap up the victory.

Corey Dueitt

The home team took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Auburn responded with six in the top of the second. With one out, eight straight Auburn hitters reached base. Josh Bell started the rally with a single to left field. Karl Amonite walked, Tug Hulett loaded the bases with an infield single and Scott Schade drove home Bell and Amonite with a double to put the Tigers ahead 2-1.

Shortstop Chuck Jeroloman then singled driving in Hulett and Clete Thomas scored Schade when he was safe at first base on a doubleplay try by the Tar Heels. Sean Gamble singled to score the fifth run of the inning and scored himself on Javon Moran's double after stealing a base. "Clete Thomas made a huge play by beating out a double play ball in the second inning and we scored three runs as a result of his hustle," Auburn coach Steven Renfroe said. "That allowed us what we needed to do with our pitching staff."

North Carolina scored in the third and fourth innings to cut the Auburn lead to 6-3, however Dueitt was too tough to handle as he extended his scoreless streak to 19 2/3 innings.

Bobby Huddleston, the Friday night hitting hero, gave Auburn an insurance run in the seventh inning with a one out single into center field scoring Gamble from second base.

UNC starter Scott Manshack (1-1) was the loser on the mound after allowing six runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings.


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