Bama-Auburn: More errors than hits is not good

By Glenn Tanner - April 22, 2007

The good news for Auburn is that they're on the board.

The bad news is that they had already handed Bama three more runs.

In the middle of the fifth, Alabama leads 12-1, and Auburn has three hits and four errors.

The Tide scored three more runs in the third with Auburn's help. A double, an error, and a HBP loaded the bases. After an out, Brandon Belcher's third hit of the day scored one run. Then, Auburn had a chance to get out of it when Alex Avila hit a potential DP chopper to first, but Luke Greinke's throw sailed into right field and two more runs scored.

Auburn did break up the shutout in the fourth when Josh Donaldson singled, moved to third when center fielder Emeel Salem tried to double him up on a fly out and bounced his throw into the dugout, and scored on a wild pitch.

What stands out most about my SEC weekend tour is the quality of the stadiums, which has gone from great to exceptional to spectacular. Plainsman Park, built in 1996, is a model to follow for any university planning to upgrade their facilities. The concourse is a beautiful mix of brick and green-painted steel, which both gives it an old-timey feel and blends in well with the buildings around it. The seats are close the field, and the outfield fence is wonderfully asymmetric, with its 30-foot high, 315-to-the-foul-pole Green Monster in left a wonderful homage to Fenway.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 04:01 PM on April 22, 2007

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