Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No. 2 Seed Auburn Pounds South Alabama

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No. 2 Seed Auburn Pounds South Alabama

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Flexing its muscle and showing no ill effects of a two-week layoff, Auburn buried South Alabama with 17 hits in a 13-5 opening victory Friday in the Tallahassee Regional.

Auburn, the No. 2 seed got home runs from Clete Thomas and Karl Amonite in its six-run third inning, snapping a 1-1 deadlock against the Sun Belt Conference champion Jaguars.

The Tigers (33-24) will meet Friday night's Army-Florida State winner at 7 tonight. The Jaguars (35-26) will face the loser at 1 in an elimination game.

The Jaguars rallied to within 8-5 heading to the home seventh, but the Tigers put the game out of reach with three runs on five hits, including Josh Donaldson's two-run single.

GAINESVILLE REGIONAL

Robert Woodard gave up one run on six hits to lead North Carolina to a 5-1 win over Notre Dame.

The Irish (36-23-1) got their only run in the first inning and threatened only once after that as Woodard (8-0) threw his first career complete game. He has allowed only five earned runs in his last six appearances, a span of 37 2/3 innings.

North Carolina (41-17-1) advances in the winner's bracket against either Florida or Stetson. Notre Dame plays the loser of that game.

BATON ROUGE REGIONAL

Nick Stavinoha and Quinn Stewart hit back-to-back home runs to give LSU the lead for good in a 14-5 victory over Marist.

But LSU first needed to get out of some early inning jams -- and they did so with the help of third baseman Chris Jackson turning a pair of Marist grounders into rally-killing double-play balls.

With the victory, the Tigers (39-20) advanced to take on the winner of second-seeded Rice and third-seeded Northwestern State, who played later Friday night.

Marist (33-20) will take on the loser of the Rice-Northwestern State game in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today.

CORAL GABLES REGIONAL

Brad Corley hit two of Mississippi State's five home runs and Alan Johnson threw a six-hitter to lead the Bulldogs to a 13-2 win over Florida Atlantic in an NCAA regional opener.

The SEC Tournament champs kept up their recent hot play, pounding out 13 hits and building a 7-0 lead after three innings. …

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