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Tigers jump on Rebels to claim West outright

The Tigers offense was as good — or better — than advertised Friday night, as Auburn cruised to a 18-4 victory at Oxford-University Stadium.

Auburn jumped out to an 8-0 lead, and while Ole Miss plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth, Auburn tacked on eight more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to jump back out to an 18-4 lead.

With the lopsided win, Auburn claims its first Southeastern Conference Western Division title since 1995.

Aaron Barrett was tagged with the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits and four walks in 2.2 innings.

Auburn reliever Slade Smith, who came on for starter Cole Nelson in the fourth inning, picked up the win for the Tigers.

Smith pitched 5.1 scoreless innings to improve to 3-0 on the year.

LOCKED IN: The Tigers’ starting nine each tallied at least one hit, with catcher Ryan Jenkins leading the charge going 4-for-6 with four RBIs and four runs scored. Left fielder Brian Fletcher tallied two of the Tigers’ five home runs in the contest.

Sophomore designated hitter Matt Snyder tallied Ole Miss’ only multiple hit game, going 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored. He also walked in his other at-bat before being removed for pinch hitter Tanner Mathis.

Auburn and Ole Miss will conclude their three-game series tomorrow with first pitch at 4 p.m.

Sophomore David Goforth will get the start for Ole Miss. (May 21, 2010)

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