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AU pitchers scatter 10 hits in shutout over struggling LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Auburn’s Taylor Thompson and Brett Butts scattered 10 hits for a 7-0 victory over LSU on Saturday.

Thompson (4-0) limited LSU to six hits and no runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out five for Auburn (23-11, 3-8 Southeastern Conference).

“Taylor was really good. It is exciting to see him go out and have a really solid outing for us in his second SEC start,” Auburn coach Tom Slater said.

“We got him through six innings and he did a wonderful job.”

Butts, who had a 2.18 ERA going into the game, pitched three scoreless innings of relief and allowed only four hits for his fourth save of the season.

It was the third straight loss for LSU (17-15-1, 3-7-1), which was last shut out at home in league play on May 16, 2004 — 8-0, by Vanderbilt.

LSU sophomore Ryan Byrd (4-1) suffered the first loss of his career, allowing four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Byrd walked a season-high four and struck out none.

Robert Brooks was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs to lead Auburn’s offense.

Freshman Dustin Spruill had the key hit for Auburn with his two-out, bases-clearing single in the top of the fifth to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead. His single scored Ryan Jenkins and Bruce Edwards, and an LSU error allowed Josh Donaldson to come home.

“Dustin is really swinging the bat well. He is aggressive and never gets cheated at the plate,” Slater said. “He certainly got a pitch he could handle there and hit the ball well.”

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