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Auburn's Paul Burnside throws a first-inning pitch.
AP photo by Todd Van Emst
Auburn's Paul Burnside throws a first-inning pitch.

Auburn cruises past Bama
Tigers take opener of three-game series

From Staff Reports

AUBURN — Auburn used an eight-run second inning to cruise to a 12-5 win over Alabama in the first game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Plainsman Park on Friday night.

Auburn left fielder Mike Bianucci had three hits and four RBIs, including a pair of home runs, while first baseman Luke Greinke had three hits and three RBIs to pace the Tigers' 14-hit attack.

The Tigers' Paul Burnside pitched eight innings to pick up his third straight win and seventh of the season against one loss.

Auburn (26-15, 5-11 SEC) batted for nearly 30 minutes in the bottom of the second to post eight runs against Cirmson Tide starter Miers Quigley. Alabama fell to 22-18 and 7-9.

Tigers freshman right fielder Ross Smith gave Auburn a 3-2 lead with a three-run home run. Greinke added a two-run single, and Bianucci drove in a run with a single to left as the Tigers put eight straight men on base.

Quigley (4-3) was charged with eight runs and six hits in his 1 2/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. It was his third straight loss in SEC play.

"He is not really a strike thrower and they did a good job of hitting," Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. "They hit some balls hard and some balls they did not hit as hard fell in. He was not as sharp tonight."

The eight-run outburst came after the Tide had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning on Brandon Belcher's two-run home run to right field.

The Tigers tacked on another run in the fourth when Bruce Edwards reached on a bunt single, stole second, took third on a passed ball by Kyle Moore and scored on Greinke's RBI single to right to take a 9-2 lead.

Bianucci's 11th home run of the season gave Auburn a 10-2 lead in the sixth inning.

Bianucci added his second home run of the game — a two-run blast to left — in the eighth.

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