Jan. 25, 2013
Bobby Andrews took Trey Cochran-Gill's first pitch of the top of half of the first for a called strike and with that the Auburn baseball team's first scrimmage of the spring was underway as the team began spring practice at 3pm on Friday at Plainsman Park. The team, in the fifth year under the direction of John Pawlowski, is looking for a fourth straight SEC Tournament berth and a second NCAA Tournament berth under Pawlowski.
Pawlowski and his coaching staff of Scott Foxhall, Ty Megahee and Gabe Gross brought in 17 newcomers to go along with a solid core of veterans for the 2013 season. Among the returnees are the top four hitters off of a team that led the SEC in team batting average with a .304 mark. Tops among them is 2012 Second Team All-SEC outfielder Ryan Tella, who hit a team-leading .360 last year and turned down an opportunity to play professionally after being selected by his hometown San Francisco Giants in the 11th round of last year's draft.
On the mound Auburn's top returnee is Daniel Koger, who went 4-5 with a 3.19 ERA in 79 innings. Auburn's pitching staff last season had a combined 3.92 ERA, the lowest since 2005, but it must replace over 55 percent of its innings from last season due to graduation and the draft.
Auburn will scrimmage again on Saturday at 11am before the annual Auburn Diamond Club Team banquet at 6pm, where the 1994 College World Series team will be honored.
Auburn opens up the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3pm at home against Maine. Season tickets are currently on sale.
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