Auburn hosts Brown at Plainsman Park in the final non-conference series of the year, as the Tigers open SEC play next weekend against Vanderbilt. John Pawlowski's club is coming off a 6-3 win over Alabama in the Capital City Classic and hasn't had a losing weekend yet in 2013.
Shaky defense and a ninth-inning meltdown on the mound led to an inexplicable loss for the Tigers.
Auburn bounced back, taking an 8-1 lead early and blowing the game open in the eighth after EIU had cut the deficit to one run.
The Tigers took a shutout into the ninth inning, and despite a couple of runs allowed in the final frame, it was an all-around solid performance in the series finale.
Auburn stayed perfect against Alabama in the Capital City Classic, improving to 5-0 all-time. Conner Kendrick provided a herculean effort out of the 'pen, and Garrett Cooper had a clutch base hit in the ninth inning.
Brown (1-3) at Auburn (9-3)
Friday, 6 p.m.
LHP Daniel Koger (0-0, 2.08 ERA) vs. RHP Anthony Galan (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday, 3 p.m.
LHP Michael O'Neal (3-0, 2.16 ERA) vs. RHP Dave St. Lawrence (0-0, 2.16 ERA)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
TBA vs. RHP Kevin Carlow (0-1, 5.14 ERA)
Dare we say, it may actually be a nice weekend of baseball weather? After three straight weekends of wintry conditions -- ahem, last Saturday's game against Eastern Illinois featured a snow shower -- the temperatures should be much more comfortable over the next few days. Friday night's game will be chilly, but Saturday and Sunday may be warm enough to -- gasp -- break out the short sleeves. And hey, it should be dry all weekend, too. Incredible.
|Batting average||Jordan Ebert, .417||Cody Slaughter, .375|
|On-base %||Garrett Cooper, .481||Sean Gannon, .500|
|Runs||Ryan Tella, 14||Will Marcal and Matt DeRenzi, 2|
|RBIs||Ryan Tella, 15||Will Marcal and John Sheridan, 2|
|Doubles||Garrett Cooper, 5||Three players, 1|
|Triples||Three players, 1||N/A|
|Home runs||Four players, 1||N/A|
|Stolen bases||Ryan Tella and Dan Glevenyak, 2||Will Marcal and Matt DeRenzi, 1|
|Starting ERA||Daniel Koger, 2.08||Dave St. Lawrence, 2.16|
|Relief ERA||Three players, 0.00||Three players, 0.00|
|Starting BA against||Daniel Koger, .180||Dave St. Lawrence, .250|
|Relief BA against||Conner Kendrick, .077||Kevin Guthrie, .000|
|Strikeouts||Conner Kendrick, 22||Kevin Carlow, 7|
|Wins||Michael O'Neal, 3-0||Eddie Fitzpatrick, 1-0|
|Saves||Conner Kendrick, 2||N/A|
Around the SEC
No. 2 Vanderbilt at No. 15 Oregon
Central Arkansas at No. 3 Mississippi State
Rider at No. 6 South Carolina
Lipscomb at No. 7 Ole Miss
Washington at No. 8 LSU
Michigan State at No. 11 Kentucky
San Diego State at No. 16 Arkansas
Alabama at No. 5 Louisville
Texas A&M at No. 10 Cal State Fullerton
Alcorn State at Tennessee
Indiana at Florida
Liberty at Georgia
San Francisco at Missouri