Thursday, March 12, 2009

Recap:3/11- Hilltop before Rocky Top

 

So last night, hmmm, well it's hard to explain. It was almost a game of two halves. Bright spots and low spots. WKU isn't exactly a push over either: (Preseason Sun Belt faves, in a surprisingly strong baseball conference that includes UL-Lafayette, Troy, and South Alabama). They came in sporting a 9-3 record, but while Auburn played in a high intensity rivalry game the night before, the Hilltoppers were getting blown out by Tennessee (Auburn's next opponent).

But let's get down to brass tacks. This had all the makings of a typical Auburn game this season: Lot's of offense, Decent/solid starting pitching/Error-Filled Fielding/Bullpen collapses. Those last two you don't need. The bats will cool off and if the bullpen doesn't shore up some loose ends then we could be in trouble come SEC play.

The game last night was pretty much over after the second inning. Auburn built a comfortable 11 run lead (yes you read that right, 11 runs). How was the damage done?

1st Inning: Trent Mummey lead off HR,  Sanders single, Hunter Morris RBI double, Fletcher 2 RBI HR, Kevin Patterson HR, Casey McElroy double, Justin Hargett RBI single. 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 LOB

2nd Inning:  Sanders Double, Ben Jones HBP, Fletcher Walk, KP 2 RBI single, Caldwell HBP, C-Mac SAC fly, Hargy 2 RBI double. 5 runs, 3 hits, 1 LOB

And that was about it from the offense. The Tigers only collected 2 more hits the rest of the game and were held hitless in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th innings. Not good.

Whether it was the hangover from Tuesday or looking forward to UT on Friday, Auburn just cooled off in a big way. WKU did not. The proceeded to at least get some batting practice in and clawed back to make it respectable 11-7 loss.

Dexter Price had his worst outing of the year but was still semi-solid (possibly a plasma {yes that's  a science joke}) going 5.1 ip/7h/4er/4k/1bb. He's now 3-0 on the season.

The bullpen? not so much. Ty Kelley (in relief as opposed to a midweek start) went 2.2/4h/2er/3bb and (Cy)Rus Harper went 1 inning, giving up 2 hits and and ER

Top Hitter:

Kevin Patterson: 2 for 3, 3 RBI, 1 HR. Solid night and he seems to have really found his groove.

Top Pitcher:

Well it's Dexter Price by default. Not a total wash for tonight's game, but at least we know he's human and not some Terminator sent to destroy us. He was missing up for most of the night and fell victim to a couple longballs.

Other Notes:

-Not really much to say. Mums, Fletch, and C-Mac, all continued hitting streaks (14, 9, 8 respectively)

-WKU needs to call the Washington Nationals. They aren't fooling anyone with those hats.

-Auburn opens SEC play Friday against UT. I'll have a full preview coming up.

 

JOBU SAY?

Great offense and decent pitching. But a bullpen collapse, 3 errors, and going cold down the stretch anger Jobu. 2 out of 5 Jobus.

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