Bama-Auburn: Worst. Inning. Ever.
By Glenn Tanner - April 22, 2007
Prior to today, Auburn starter Justin Bristow had made five SEC appearances, including two starts, with a 12.46 ERA.
It's hard to believe, but that ERA is even higher now, as he was pulled with two outs in the first and charged with seven earned runs.
Alabama tacked on two more runs and leads 9-0 after one inning.
Emeel Salem led off with a triple to the right field corner and scored when Brandon Belcher blooped a Texas Leaguer to center that fell just between two diving Auburn fielders. Alex Avila walked, Kent Matthes delivered an RBI single, and Matt Bentley followed with a three-run homer to make it 5-0. Bristow then finally recorded an out, but walked the next batter, and Greg Paiml fisted a lucky double just over the third baseman's head. After an out, Salem came around again and lashed another line drive into the right-field corner. Fortunately for Auburn, this one bounced into the stands for an automatic double or else Salem would have had his second triple of the inning. Bristow was pulled, and then came the worst play of all. Brandon Belcher blooped one to right, where Ross Smith made a diving attempt. The ball rolled by him, and by the time Bruce Edwards retrieved it, Belcher was on his way to third. Edwards, however, threw the ball to no one in particular, and the ball rolled into no-man's land in the infield, allowing Belcher to come all the way around, pushing the score to 9-0.
The third out was mercifully recorded 32 minutes after the first pitch.
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:15 PM on April 22, 2007