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Auburn breaks losing streak

From staff, wire reports

AUBURN — Reliever Brett Butts picked up his third save of the year with 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief, striking out one while facing the minimum eight hitters in Auburn’s 3-2 victory over Ole Miss on Sunday.

With the win, Auburn (20-11, 1-8 SEC) avoided an Ole Miss sweep of the series. Ole Miss (21-9, 5-4) saw its five-game winning streak ended.

Butts had entered the game with one down and a runner on second in the top of the seventh and worked a full count to clean-up hitter Cody Overbeck before striking him out and then getting Andrew Clark to foul out to third baseman Joseph Sanders.

“I just tried to get ahead in the count, throwing the curveball early and the changeup late and that seemed to work for me today,” Butts said.

Johnny Thompson (1-1) earned the win for Auburn, working an inning out of the bullpen. Taylor Thompson started and pitched 4 2/3 innings.

“Taylor looked like he’s looked every Tuesday, in command of the game and in command of the strike zone,” Auburn coach Tom Slater said. “Coming back on four days rest, we knew he wouldn’t be able to go too far into the game but he did a great job of almost getting through the fifth.”

Combined Auburn’s bullpen allowed just four base hits and did not issue a walk.

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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