Feb. 14, 2004
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn junior left-hander Arnold Hughey tossed six scoreless innings and sophomore catcher Josh Bell hit a three-run home run as the 12th-ranked Tigers defeated Western Carolina, 4-1, at Plainsman Park Saturday. Hughey (1-0) picked up the win after striking out seven batters and scattering three hits.
Bell gave Auburn a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning with a three-run blast to center field off Catamount starter Derrick Hawk. Ben Maitland led off with a single and Tug Hulett walked with one out before Bell's first homer of the season.
Hughey held the Catamounts hitless through four innings before giving up consecutive to begin the fifth inning. After a throwing error put runners on the corners, Hughey retired three consecutive batters to work out of the jam.
Auburn took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth a two-out RBI single to left-center field by Ben Maitland scoring designated hitter Bruce Edwards from second base. Edward walked with two outs and stole second.
Jimmy Cochran gave Western Carolina its only run of the game in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly scoring Alex Gary. Gary doubled with one out off Auburn reliever Jared Shore and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Senior Cory Dueitt picked up the save for Auburn after 2 1/3 perfect innings.
Hawk (0-1) was credited with the loss for the Catamounts after allowing four runs in five innings. Matt Teague threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings for Western Carolina in relief.
Josh Bell and Ben Maitland each had two hits for Auburn.
The teams will conclude the three-game series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT or 2:30 ET. Fans can follow the game either by live stats or radio braodcast by visiting the Auburn Athletics official website at: www.auburntigers.com.