Feb. 15, 2004
Auburn, Ala. - Senior right-hander Colby Paxton threw six shutout innings as the No. 12 Auburn baseball team completed the series sweep Sunday with a 6-0 win over Western Carolina at Plainsman Park. Paxton (1-0) scattered four hits and combined with Chris Dennis, John Madden and Josh Bell for the shutout. The game was played in unfavorable conditions with temperatures in the mid 30's and a brisk wind most of the day.
Auburn (3-0) started the scoring early with a pair of runs on four hits in the first inning. Clete Thomas had a sacrifice fly scoring Ben Maitland and Sean Gamble added an RBI single to plate Tug Hulett. Maitland singled with one out and was followed by consecutive singles from Hulett and Bell before Thomas' sac fly and Gamble's two-out hit.
The Tigers took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning compliments of RBI doubles from Thomas and Josh Sullivan.
Sophomore Josh Bell hit his second home run in as many days with a two-run shot to left-center field in the sixth inning to cap the Tiger scoring. Bell hit a three-run home run in yesterday's 4-1 victory.
Paxton, who retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, allowed just one runner to reach third base, that coming in the sixth inning. Paxton worked out of the sixth unscathed after Western Carolina had runners on the corners with one out and the bases loaded with two outs. Western Carolina starter Brandon McDowell (0-1) took the loss after allowing a pair of runs in 1 1/3 innings. The Catamounts (0-3) used seven pitchers on the afternoon.
Chris Dennis allowed two hits in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work for Auburn. John Madden induced a 6-4-3 double play while facing one batter in the eighth inning and Josh Bell pitched a perfect inning for the Tigers who allowed just five runs on the weekend.
Ben Maitland, Tug Hulett, Josh Bell and Josh Sullivan each had two hits apiece in the win for Auburn.
Catamount third baseman Chris Davis had two hits, including a double in the fourth inning.
Western Carolina will open its 2004 home schedule this weekend, hosting Wright State in a doubleheader on Saturday (Feb. 21) starting at Noon. The Cats and Raiders will conclude their three-game set with a single game on Sunday (Feb. 22) at 1:00 pm.