Thursday, March 19, 2009

Recap: "Buc Wild"

 

Ok, so that's more like it. Auburn knocked Charleston Southern out of the park yesterday (in a matinee game thanks to Auburn's NIT Opener), using 6 home runs, including a Grand Slam, to win 18 to 4.

Taylor Thompson got his first win of the year, in his first start of the year. Thompson was pretty solid, going 5 ip/3h/1er/6k/1bb and only throwing 67 pitches. Good move by CJP turning it over to the bullpen early and letting Thompson rest and have him ready for the weekend against Arkansas.

But the real story of the night was hitting, and man was there a lot of it. Trent Mummey hit his 9th and 10th Homeruns of the year, Ben Jones and Hunter Morris hit their fourth, and Wes Gilmer and Dan Gamache hit their first HRs. For Gamache it was extra sweet. His first came run as a Tiger came in just his third career at bat. All total the Tigers had Six HRs, four Tigers had multi-hit games, (Mummey, Gamache, Ben Jones, Tony Caldwell), and almost every Tiger who got an at-bat, scored a run. It was Auburn's best offensive showing this year.

BEST PITCHER:

Taylor Thompson - 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, and 6 Ks. Not bad. Not bad at all.

BEST HITTER:

Trent Mummey - 3-5/2 HRs/6 RBIs and he also scored 4 runs.

but don't forget Dan Gamache. Making his first career start (DHing instead of Kevin Patterson) did all he could.

The freshman from Rhode Island went 3 for 3 with 1 HR, a sac bunt, a double, and 2 RBIs. Nice debut from the little guy.

JOBU say?

 

This make Jobu happy. 4 out of 5 Jobus. The Bats very happy today.

 

OTHER NOTES:

The devil really is in the details for a game like this. Lots of noteworthy announcements/happenings/etc

-The 18 runs was the most Auburn has scored all year. Also, the most runs scored by an Auburn team since May 17, 2007 in an 18-7 win at Kentucky.

-The Six HRs in a game is also pretty special. The Tigers have only done it 5 times in their history with that last time coming in Hal Baird's debut. That team hit six HRs in a 23-11 win at UGA on April 2, 1985

-That much maligned pitching staff (including the bullpen) finished the two-game series with 32 strikeouts while walking just four in 22 innings of work. So, again, it's not completely the bullpen's fault it's the defense. The error filled defense that is allowing innings to extend and extra guys to get on.

-Trent Mummey is a machine. Seriously, he might be part terminator. He's scored a nation leading 37 runs in just 20 games; he's riding a 19 game hitting streak, he's scored in all but 2 games this season, his 10 HRs is second in the nation (trailing Alabama's Ken Matthes, who has 13) and he also has 4 lead off Home Runs. Dang.

-Auburn has 46 HRs on the year. Which is also second nationally (behind New Mexico State's 50). The 46 HRs this year, already ties the total season output for the 2005 team.

-Wes Gilmer and Dan Gamache both hit their first career home runs

-Miles Morton, a Red Shirt Freshman out of Spain Park, made his debut out of the pen (it was a little rough to say the least: 1 IP/3h/3er. However, with his debut that means that only Kris West (LHP/Sr.) and Adam Purdy (RHP/Fr) are the only Tiger pitchers who have yet to toe the rubber this season.

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