AU's Burnside shuts down LSU; Tide falls
From Staff Reports
Paul Burnside did not allow a hit until the sixth inning in the first complete by an Auburn pitcher since 2005, and Robert Brooks smacked a grand slam in the third inning for his first career homer as Auburn won at LSU 6-1 on Friday night.
"Paul was in total command of the strike zone, and we played good defense behind him," Auburn coach Tom Slater said. "Paul's pitch count never got up. He was very efficient, getting ahead early and getting them out."
Burnside (5-1) allowed just three hits while striking out five. He was aided by the defense all night long as Ryan Jenkins threw out an LSU runner trying to steal second in the second and Auburn turned a double play in the fourth to eliminate both of Burnside's walks on the evening.
"It definitely wasn't all me — the defense worked their tails off behind me," he said. "Jenkins was blocking balls left and right behind the plate all night and he hosed a guy down at second base early in the game that really helped me out. I was just trying to pitch and throw strikes and the guys behind me made the plays."
Auburn (22-11, 2-8 SEC) also turned a crucial double play in the seventh as Luke Greinke caught a fly ball in left, and Josh Donaldson relayed the throw to Jenkins at the plate to nail Steven Waguespack trying to scorer from third. LSU (17-14-1, 3-6-1) did not reach base after that double play.
Auburn's big inning in the third was set up by a Greinke bunt single, which was followed by Donaldson reaching on a fielder's choice and Greinke getting to second safely as LSU starting pitcher Charlie Furbush threw the ball away. Dustin Spruill then singled to load the bases, setting the stage for Auburn's second grand slam of the season.
The two teams will play again Saturday at 2 p.m.
Vanderbilt 3, Alabama 0: The top-ranked Commodores (28-4, 6-4)beat Alabama (19-13, 4-6)in Nashville as David Price tossed a complete-game shutout.
The junior improved to 6-0. He struck out 10 and walked four.
Alabama held Vanderbilt scoreless until the Commodores broke out for three runs in the eighth inning. For the Tide, Miers Quigley pitched seven innings and allowed four hits, but didn't get an out in an eighth.
The two teams are scheduled to play again Saturday at 3 p.m.
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