June 6, 2010

Courtesy of Auburn Athletics

AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn stayed alive in NCAA Regional play with a 17-8 win over Southern Miss on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Auburn will face Clemson tonight at 5:15pm CT in a must-win game for Auburn to force a winner-take-all game on Monday at 6pm CT.

Trent Mummey had a two doubles and a home run and tied a school record for RBI in a single post season game with five while Hunter Morris blasted a grand slam as Auburn hit four home runs in the game, marking the 36th time this season Auburn has hit multiple home runs in a game and the fourth straight.

Bradley Hendrix (4-2) earned the win for Auburn, entering in the fourth with Auburn down a run and two on. He would hold Southern Miss to just two runs over during his 5 1/3 innings of work, surrendering seven hits and four walks.

Geoffrey Thomas (1-6) allowed seven runs on eight hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings to take the loss for Southern Miss, which ends its season with a 35-24 mark.

Brian Fletcher's 21st home run of the season, and his first of the postseason, staked Auburn to a 1-0 lead in the first.

Southern Miss went up 5-1 in the bottom half of the first when B.A. Vollmuth answered Fletcher's homer with a two-run shot into the visitor's bullpen and then Travis Graves hit a three-run double to the wall in center.

Casey McElroy's first home run since May 11th brought Auburn to within a run, 5-4, in the top of the second as he cracked a three-run shot off the scoreboard paneling in left-center. The blast scored Ryan Jenkins and Justin Bryant, both of which had singled earlier in the inning.

Kevin Patterson's two-out double off the wall in left-center tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the third, scoring Hunter Morris after he had singled. Morris' hit was his 100th of the season, marking just the ninth time an Auburn player has topped the century mark in a season.

Southern Miss went back up a run, 6-5, in the fourth when Graves knocked in his fourth RBI of the game with a two-out single. A double by Tyler Koelling in Southern Miss' next at bat finished Cole Nelson's afternoon after he had allowed six runs on eight hits, leaving with two on. Hendrix came on in relief and retired Kameron Brunty on two pitches, inducing a flyout, as the junior right hander has now allowed just four of 18 inherited runners to score, covering 22 appearances.

Morris' fourth-inning grand slam put Auburn up for good at 9-6 and gave the junior the school record for single season home runs with 23. The blast was set up by Justin Fradejas blooping a single down the line in right and Mummey and Fletcher each drawing walks.

Auburn broke the game open with a six-run fifth, which included four walks and just three hits, one of which was a three-run home run by Trent Mummey, to take a 15-6 lead.

Auburn scored twice in the eighth on Mummey's two-run double while Southern Miss scored a run in the eighth on Vollmuth's RBI single and a run in the ninth on Joey Archer's solo home run.