Grant Dayton struck out 10 in what was a brilliant
outing by the junior southpaw and the Auburn bats erupted for 13 runs on
16 hits to claim a 13-2 win over No. 7 Arkansas at Baum Stadium on
Sunday and move to within two games of first place in the SEC West with
three conference weekends remaining, two of which Auburn will play at
home. Auburn's record stands at 30-15 overall and 12-9 SEC while
Arkansas remains in first in the SEC West with a 35-10, 14-7 SEC mark.
"Today was a very important game for a lot of reasons. We talk about
'Championship Sunday' and in my opinion it starts with the guy you
got on the mound," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Grant Dayton
was outstanding today. Between him and Sean Ray we only walked two guys
all day. We kept them off balance. This is a big win for us in this
Auburn's series win over Arkansas was its second straight in
Fayetteville and marked just the fourth time all season that Arkansas
has lost back-to-back games and the first time both were at Baum
Trent Mummey and Brian Fletcher each had three-hit days for Auburn while
Kevin Patterson and Casey McElroy each had two hits and four RBI.
While the Auburn offense was handling Arkansas pitching, Dayton (5-2)
was cruising through the first four innings, recording a season-high
eight strike outs in the first four innings alone. In the first and
third innings he allowed two-out doubles but stranded both runners on
second. In the second he sat Arkansas down in order and then in the
fourth he worked around a leadoff single and a two-out walk, getting out
of the inning when Mummey made a diving snag of a Travis Sample liner
into the gap in shallow right-center.
Dayton went seven full, allowing two runs on six hits, issuing just one
walk, while Sean Ray threw the final two innings, allowing two hits and
"We heard a lot about how good they are and how good their bats are so I
knew I just had to keep my plan simple," Dayton said. "I threw a lot of
fastball's and I thought my off-speed was good today too, which was huge
for me to be able to throw my off-speed for strikes and really keep them
Mummey's ninth home run of the season bounced off of the padding atop
the outfield wall in right and into the Auburn bullpen to put Auburn up
1-0 in the fourth. The home run was Mummey's second of the weekend and
the 28th of his career as well as the sixth of the weekend for Auburn.
"In my first at bat Eibner threw me a fastball away and I stayed on it
really well and I hit a line drive to the left fielder, and that was
probably one of my better swings of the year," Mummey said. "I brought
the positive out of the negative from that first at bat and brought it
to my second at bat and I was able to do some damage."
Auburn wasn't done scoring in the inning as singles by Fletcher and Dan
Gamache sandwiched a Hunter Morris walk to load the bases. McElroy then
drove in the first two of his four with a single to center to put Auburn
After McElroy's hit, Arkansas pulled starter Brett Eibner (3-4) from the
mound in favor of Jordan Pratt after Eibner had allowed three runs on
four hits and a walk with two strike outs.
Ryan Jenkins' RBI double to the wall in left-center scored Kevin
Patterson following a walk and a sac bunt to put Auburn up, 4-0 in the
Solo home runs by Zack Cox and Andy Wilkins in the sixth broke up
Dayton's shutout and pulled Arkansas to within two, only to see
Auburn unload for four runs in the top of the seventh to go up six, 8-2.
A leadoff walk by Mummey spelled the end of the day for Pratt, who would
work 2 2/3 innings and allow two runs. Mike Bolsinger came in for Pratt
and allowed singles to Fletcher, Wes Gilmer, Kevin Patterson and Casey
McElroy, with alAuburn wasn't done scoring as it put four more on the board in the
eighth as it started the inning with three consecutive singles to knock
Bolsinger from the game. Justin Fradejas started it with his first hit
of the day, extending his hitting streak to 26 games, tied with Scott
Pratt for the second longest all-time at Auburn behind Casey Dunn's 31
games and currently the fourth-longest in the country. A Fletcher single
scored Fradejas and then Patterson blasted his 12th home run, a
three-run shot and just his second this season with men on base, to put
Auburn up 12-2.
Jenkins' second home run of the weekend, this one to lead off the ninth,
capped the scoring.
Auburn returns to the diamond on Friday night at 6:30pm CT when it plays
host to Mississippi State at Plainsman Park. The team will not play a
midweek game as it is finals week at Auburn.