June 4, 2010
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By Nick Van Der Linden
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
The Auburn Tigers opened their regional play in
style, defeating the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks 9-7
Friday night in front of a sold-out Plainsman Park. The win puts
the Tigers in the winner's bracket along with Clemson, who
defeated Southern Miss 10-1 earlier in the day.
"It's always disappointing when you lose," said
JSU head coach Jim Case. "At the same time I am proud of our
guys, they battled hard. When we fell behind we came back and
took the lead."
The Gamecocks got off to a strong start and were
able to keep the Tigers off the board for three innings. Auburn
adjusted and was able to get things going in the fourth with a
bunt base hit from junior Justin Fradejas (2 for 4, 3 R, 2
"We were struggling in the first three innings
and had to get something going there," Fradejas said. "I was
looking to get on base, and I got a good bunt down. Thankfully,
that sparked a little rally and got us going offensively."
Junior Trent Mummy (1 for 4, R, RBI) followed
with a double to left center field, scoring Fradejas from first
to tie the game 1-1. Fradejas once again proved crucial as he
hit a two-run home run in the fifth to help Auburn regain the
"The difference in the game was that we couldn't
find a way to put up zeros at any point in the game," Case said.
"They were scoring every inning, we had trouble keeping the ball
in the ballpark, misplayed the bunt and therefore we gave up a
couple of runs."
Senior Bert Smith went 2 for 4 for the Gamecocks,
extending his career hits total to 322 while also improving on
his JSU and Ohio Valley Conference record.
Jacksonville State's Todd Cunningham went 3 for 5
with a home run and four RBI to help lead the Gamecock offense.
"We're here to win, not just to play," Cunningham
said. "Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but some good things
did happen. We swung the bats well, played good defense and we
gave ourselves a chance to win at the end."
Auburn would take the lead for good when
sophomore Dan Gamache (1 for 3 2 RBI) hit his 8th home run in
the bottom of the sixth to give the Tigers the 6-5 lead.
"Coming back to win that game was a great
confidence booster," Gamache said. "We were able to collect some
big hits and pull out this victory."
Freshman pitcher Slade Smith (4-0) got the win
after entering in the fifth with a man on second and two down.
Smith pitched the next 2 1/3 innings allowing only two runs and
a walk before giving way to senior closer Austin Hubbard.
"It was very emotional because it was a big win,"
Hubbard said. "It was hot, there was a huge crowd, and it was
back-and-forth all game which made the atmosphere that much
bigger. It was a huge win, and we are all pumped to get that
Auburn head coach John Pawlowski, who said he
watched "about half" of the Clemson game, knows his team is up
for another challenge.
"It's about tough challenges, tough teams, and
that's what we've got on our hands tomorrow," Pawlowski said.
Auburn and Clemson play at 6 p.m. C.T. Saturday
following the Jacksonville State and Southern Miss game at 2