No. 20 Auburn tigers fall at Jacksonville State, 5-4

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Auburn could not hold onto a four-run lead,
allowing Jacksonville State to score five times between the seventh and
eighth innings as the No. 20 Auburn baseball team fell, 5-4, on Tuesday
night at Rudy Abbott Field. The loss spoiled what was a solid first
start for Auburn's Andrew Morris, who left in the seventh with two on
and one out, getting tagged for three runs on eight singles and a walk
by the time it was over, striking out four.

"This is a frustrating loss but give Jacksonville State credit. Every
time we play them we have a real quality game on our hands," Auburn Head
Coach John Pawlowski said. "I thought Andrew threw the ball extremely
well. I was pleased with what he did. He got us deep into the game and
that's really encouraging for us, because we are going to need him. He
was definitely a bright spot for us today."

Auburn (14-7) took a 2-0 lead in the fourth off of Jacksonville State
starter Casey Antley on Kevin Patterson's (1-for-4, 2 RBI) RBI single to
right, scoring Dan Gamache (2-for-4, 2B, R) and Wes Gilmer (0-for-3, BB,
R). Gamache had led off the inning with a double while Gilmer walked.
Both then moved up a base on Tony Caldwell's (1-for-2, HR, BB) sac bunt.

Caldwell's third home run of the year, this one to lead off the sixth,
extended Auburn's lead to 3-0. The blast to left came on the first pitch
of the inning off of Jacksonville State's Cody Ponder.

Auburn didn't let up in the sixth as Brooks Beisner (1-for-3, 2B)
doubled with one out in the inning. Bobby Andrews came in to pinch run
for Beisner, stole third and scored on Creede Simpson's (2-for-4, RBI)
squeeze bunt, which he beat out for a base hit, his second of the night.

Jacksonville State (15-5) tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the
seventh with three singles, a double, a wild pitch and a RBI groundout.
The three singles came off of Morris, the last knocking him out of the
game with a run in and runners on the corners for leadoff hitter Coty
Blanchard (1-for-4, RBI, R). Blanchard greeted Auburn reliever Slade
Smith with a two-run double to center, raced to third on a wild pitch
and scored on a Jake Sharrock (1-for-4, RBI) groundout to first to tie
the game.

Jacksonville State scored the game-winning run in the eighth as Kyle
Bluestein (1-for-4, 2B, R) doubled off of Sean Ray and scored from
second on Blake Seguin's two-out single to center off of Dillon Ortman.
Seguin's single put the loss on Ray (1-1), who faced just two hitters,
recording and out and allowing the double.

Auburn threatened with two outs in the ninth as Justin Hargett (1-for-5)
singled and Justin Fradejas (3-for-5, 2B) doubled to put runners in
scoring position for Casey McElroy (1-for-5). The reigning SEC Player of
the Week gave Todd Hornsby's first pitch a ride but it went to the
deepest part of the field as Jacksonville State centerfielder Michael
Bishop squeezed it right in front of the 400-foot sign in dead center
for the final out.

Hunter Rivers (4-0) earned the win out of the Jacksonville State
bullpen, throwing an inning and striking out one while Hornsby picked up
his sixth save of the season with the scoreless ninth.

McElroy's first-inning single extended his career-best hitting streak to
16 games while Wes Gilmer finished the game 0-for-3 with a walk, ending
his hitting streak at 14 games.

Auburn travels to Mississippi State next for a weekend series in
Starkville. First pitch is set for 6:30pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday and
1:30pm on Sunday at Dudy-Noble Field.

Jacksonville State 5, Auburn 4 (Mar 22, 2011 at Jacksonville, AL)
Auburn.............. 000 202 000  -  4 12  1      (14-7)
Jacksonville State.. 000 000 41X  -  5 11  0      (15-5)
Win-Hunter Rivers(4-0)  Save-Todd Hornsby(6)  Loss-Sean Ray(1-1)  T-2:22

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics