The Leadoff Hitter, Brown at Auburn preview: Game times, probable starters, weather forecast and more

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After a 6-3 win over Alabama Tuesday in the Capital City Classic, Auburn will try to build momentum in the final non-conference weekend of the season.

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.

Last weekend

Eastern Illinois 11, Auburn 10

Shaky defense and a ninth-inning meltdown on the mound led to an inexplicable loss for the Tigers.

Auburn 14, Eastern Illinois 7

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.

Auburn 8, Eastern Illinois 2

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.

Midweek

Auburn 6, Alabama 3

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)

Probable starters

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)

Weather forecast

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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.

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Individual stats

Auburn Brown
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


Team stats

Auburn Brown
Batting average .286 .203
On-base % .392 .356
Runs 79 10
RBIs 68 7
Home runs 4 0
Extra-base hits 32 3
Stolen bases 6-of-14 2-of-3
ERA 2.83 4.06
BA against .220 .348
WHIP 1.19 1.59
Strikeouts 77 27
Walks 39 19
Saves 5 0

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

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