Auburn has won three straight series over Arkansas
With the win, Auburn's first in Gainesville since 2006, it improves to 30-19, 10-15 SEC
Josh Donaldson (Athletics), Tim Hudson (Braves) and David Ross (Red Sox) will each open the season on their respective club's 25-man roster
Ryan Tella hit an inside the park home run in the second
Expected to be a NCAA-Regional caliber team by baseball prognosticators, fifth-year head coach John Pawlowski (134-103 / .565) is anxious to get the 2013 season underway.
Maine vs Auburn on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 in Auburn, AL.
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LSU vs Auburn on Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine
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Gross was a major contributor to an Auburn offense that finished the year leading the SEC in batting average (.304), on base percentage (.386), triples (19), stolen bases (113) and steal attempts (151) and was ranked among the top 20 nationally in stolen bases (113 - seventh), stolen bases per games (1.92 - tenth) and batting average (.304 - 18th).
Working primarily with the outfielders, Gross helped mentor Ryan Tella, who was voted Second Team All-SEC at the end of the season. Tella led Auburn and was fourth in the SEC with a .360 batting average and also ranked among the conference leaders in slugging percentage (.508, 11th), on base percentage (.448, sixth), hits (85, fourth), triples (four, tied-fifth), total bases (120, seventh), walks (35, tied-eighth) and stolen bases (17, tied-third). At the conclusion of the season, Tella was an 11th Rd. pick of the San Francisco Giants in the MLB Draft, an opportunity her passed up to return to Auburn in 2013.
Gross was a three-year starter in the Auburn outfield from 1999-01. A career .375 hitter, he hit a blistering .430 in his All-America campaign of 2000. He remains in the school's top-10 for career doubles (68, second), extra-base hits (108, third), walks (145, third), RBI (218, fourth), total bases (442, fifth), home runs (35, eighth) and hits (259, ninth). A first round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001, he enjoyed a seven-year big league career, hitting .239 with 78 doubles, eight triples, 40 home runs and 186 RBI while playing for four different teams.
Gross is married to the former Kelly Gesch, also an Auburn graduate. The couple has two children, Allie (3) and Jake (2).