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