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

The Tigers will try to rebound from a tough midweek loss.

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Non-conference play continues, as Auburn hosts Eastern Illinois for a three-game set this weekend at Plainsman Park. The Tigers struggled in a midweek 9-2 loss to Kennesaw State, but if all goes according to plan, they can bounce back and claim their third straight winning weekend to start the year.

Last weekend

Middle Tennessee State 2, Auburn 1;

Auburn 5, College of Charleston 1

Auburn split a Saturday doubleheader and received great pitching in both games. The bats were absent against MTSU, but they came around against C of C.

Auburn 6, Indiana State 5

After a wild start -- all the scoring took place in the first four innings -- the Auburn bullpen completely shut down ISU to claim a narrow win.


Kennesaw State 9, Auburn 2

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The defense and pitching were poor, and the offense was lackluster, leaving the bases loaded twice.

Probable starters

Friday, 3 p.m.

LHP Daniel Koger (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Borens (0-1, 3.18 ERA)

Saturday, 3 p.m.

LHP Michael O'Neal (2-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. RHP Joe Greenfield (1-0, 0.66 ERA)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

TBA vs. RHP Andrew Grahn (0-0, 6.23 ERA)

Weather forecast



OK, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties, 'cause it's coooold out there. Yes it's going to be a frigid weekend at Plainsman Park. Friday's game has already been moved up from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m. in anticipation of icy temperatures once night falls. Saturday doesn't look much better, as there appears to be a chance of snow. Sunday should be clear, but it'll still be on the chilly side. With the low temps, don't expect the ball to jump off bats this weekend.


Individual stats

Auburn Eastern Illinois
Batting average Blake Austin, .400 Brant Valach, .360
Runs Jackson Burgreen and Dan Glevenyak, 8 Jacob Reese, 5
RBIs Ryan Tella, 12 Three players, 4
Doubles Garrett Cooper, 4 Jacob Reese, 3
Triples Ryan Tella, 1 Treysen Vavra, 1
Home runs Three players, 1 Demetre Taylor, 1
Stolen bases Three players, 1 Nathan Sopena and Tyler Schweigert, 2
Starting ERA Daniel Koger, 0.00 Joe Greenfield, 0.66
Relief ERA Four players, 0.00 Luke Bushur, 1.42
Starting BA against Daniel Koger, .140 Joe Greenfield, .220
Relief BA against Conner Kendrick, .100 George Kalousek, .000
Strikeouts Conner Kendrick, 9 Joe Greenfield, 12
Wins Michael O'Neal and Justin Camp, 2-0 Joe Greenfield, 1-0
Saves Four players, 1 George Kalousek, 1

Team stats

Auburn Eastern Illinois
Batting average .282 .242
Runs 41 25
RBIs 36 22
Home runs 3 1
Extra-base hits 21 13
Stolen bases 3-of-9 7-of-9
ERA 1.75 3.96
BA against .206 .264
WHIP 1.06 1.57
Strikeouts 48 42
Walks 17 34
Saves 4 1

Around the SEC

Illinois-Chicago at No. 2 Vanderbilt

No. 3 Arkansas at Gonzaga

St. Joseph's at No. 5 Mississippi State

No. 7 South Carolina at Clemson

No. 8 Ole Miss at FIU

Brown at No. 9 LSU

Akron at No. 11 Kentucky

UAB at Georgia

No. 22 Notre Dame at Tennessee

Miami at Florida

Northwestern at Missouri

Tulane at Alabama

Houston at Texas A&M