Dueitt's Strong Pitching Helps Tigers Bite Bulldog

<b>Sean Gamble</b>

Cory Dueitt's efficient pitching performance led the Tigers to their 29th baseball victory of the season.

Birmingham, Ala.--A strong pitching performance by starter Cory Dueitt sparked the Tigers to a 6-2 non-conference baseball victory on Tuesday night over the Samford Bulldogs.

Dueitt improved his record to 4-4 as he allowed just two hits and no runs in six innings in his fifth start of the season. Dueitt did not walk a batter. Jared Shore got the call in the bullpen to open the seventh inning and pitched two strong innings of relief.

Cory Dueitt

Junior left fielder Sean Gamble looks to be out of his hitting slump. He was the star at the plate with a double, two singles and a base on balls. He scored two runs and drove home two more.

Auburn improved its record to 29-14, including a 10-6 mark in games away from Plainsman Park. Samford dropped to 10-27 overall.

Auburn struck for four quick runs to open the game in the top of the first inning off of Samford starter Parker Gargis, the son of former AU star quarterback Phil Gargis.

The Tigers got their first run on a groundout to second base by Clete Thomas with the bases loaded. The key hit in the inning was a two-out, two RBI single from Sean Gamble, who had the game-winning hit on Sunday vs. Mississippi State with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Maitland drove home the fourth run in the first.

Auburn had other scoring opportunities early in the contest, but didn't cash in again until the sixth inning. Gamble started the rally with a leadoff base on balls. He scored on a double by Ben Maitland, but Gargis pitched out of the jam as AU stretched the margin to 5-0.

The visitors added a single run in the seventh inning as Tug Hulett doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored from there on a sacrifice fly off the bat off Josh Bell, who hit a line drive to left field.

Dueitt's night was finished before the Bulldogs came to bat in the seventh inning. Shore was the reliever and he got through the next two innings without trouble, allowing just one hit.

Colby Paxton pitched the ninth and allowed both of the Samford runs. Justin Worthington singled and moved to third on a double by Michael Collins. A groundout to shortstop scored one run and a sacrifice fly by Matt Alling made the final score 6-2.

Gargis, who was charged with the loss, fell to 0-6 this season. Auburn outhit Samford 10-5 with five of the hits being doubles, including two by Maitland.

"Cory Dueitt had very good stuff and was very efficient," said Steve Renfroe, coach of the 13th-ranked Tigers. "Ben Maitland swung it well and as a team we had a lot of hustle doubles. Sean Gamble and Ben had a pair of clutch, two-out hits inthe first inning which was huge."

The Tigers return to action with a three-game road trip to Gainesville to play the Florida Gators Friday through Sunday. AU plays the Gators at 5:30 p.m. CDT on Friday.

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