Auburn takes opening game 6-1

Auburn right-hander Paul Burnside fired a complete game three-hitter as LSU fell, 6-1, in the opening game of a Southeastern Conference series on an unseasonably cold Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (17-14-1, 3-6-1 SEC) lost its second straight contest and its third SEC series opening game. The Tigers committed three errors which led to two unearned runs.

Auburn (22-11, 2-8) ended a three-game losing streak to LSU after being swept at home by the Tigers last season. Auburn played aggressively all evening by stealing five bases, including two from centerfielder Bruce Edwards.

Burnside (4-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and limited the Tigers to a run on three hits in nine innings of work. He walked two and struck out five on 108 pitches.

Burnside became the first pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game against LSU since Tennessee's Craig Cobb did so in Knoxville on April 8 of last season. 

"You have to admire that kid," said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. "He was a competitor. He must have thrown about 90 percent fastballs, and he went right after our hitters. We're late on the swings and couldn't get it going."

The Tigers, who were three-hit for the third time this season, plated their only run in the sixth on an RBI double by centerfielder Jared Mitchell. Third baseman J.T. Wise broke up Burnside's no-hit bid with a leadoff double to start the sixth.

Meanwhile, LSU junior left-hander Charlie Furbush (3-4) allowed six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits in five innings of work. He walked one and struck out seven.

Furbush fell into trouble right from the start, issuing a leadoff walk to the speedy Edwards. After Edwards stole second, third baseman Josh Donaldson reached when Mitchell misplayed a fly ball in deep centerfield. Edwards scored, and two batters later, first baseman Joseph Sanders made it a 2-0 contest with an RBI single.

"I don't know if we were nervous, but we just played terrible," said Mainieri. "Charlie throws the first pitch of the game for a strike, and then the next four pitches aren't even close. We walk a leadoff batter that has about 20 stolen bases."

Second baseman Robert Brooks delivered the key hit of the game in third when he connected on an 0-2 Furbush offering for a grand slam down the right field line. Left fielder Luke Greinke singled and later took second when Furbush attempted to turn a double play and fired wildly into centerfield.

Donaldson reached on a fielder's choice. Designated hitter Dustin Spruill then singled to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, Brooks blasted the first grand slam against LSU this season. 

LSU designated hitter Blake Dean extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff double in the seventh. Catcher Sean Ochinko then reached on a throwing error by shortstop Phillip Stringer to present the Tigers with their biggest threat of the game.

Despite putting runners at the corners with nobody out, Greinke started a tremendous double play in left field on a fly ball by rightfielder Steven Waguespack. Dean attempted to tag up on Waguespack's fly and was thrown out at home on a perfect strike from Greinke to the relay man Donaldson, who fired to catcher Ryan Jenkins.

LSU was retired quickly in the eighth and ninth as Burnside completed his gem with two perfect innings of work. 

Auburn 6, LSU 1 (Apr 06, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.)

Auburn.............. 204 000 000  -  6  8  1      (22-11, 2-8 SEC)
LSU.................. 000 001 000  -  1  3  3      (17-14-1, 3-6-1 SEC)

Pitchers: Auburn - Paul Burnside. LSU - Charlie Furbush; Matt Jackson(6).
Win-Paul Burnside(5-1)  Loss-Charlie Furbush(3-4)  T-2:34  A-7230
HR AU - Robert Brooks (1).
Actual attendance: 2,934

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