March 5, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn baseball team will close out a season-long seven-game home stand this weekend when it plays host to Brown for a four-game series at Plainsman Park, beginning at 6pm CT on Friday. The two teams will play a double-header on Saturday beginning at 1pm before closing out the series on Sunday, also starting at 1pm.
Auburn will send So. LHP Grant Dayton (0-1, 5.06) to the hill in the opener and will use R-Fr. RHP Jon Luke Jacobs (0-0, 6.48) and So. RHP Ty Kelley (0-0, 6.23) in Saturday's double-header in that order. The coaching staff has not decided on its Sunday starter yet.
Brown will counter with Jr. RHP Will Weidig (0-1, 3.38) on Friday, So. LHP Mark Gormley(1-0, 4.50) in the first game on Saturday and So. RHP Josh Feit (0-0, 0.00) in the second game of the double-dip on Saturday. Brown has yet to announce its Sunday starter.
Auburn enters the series leading the SEC with 20 home runs through nine games, the most homers this early in a season in Auburn history. Jr. IF Joseph Sanders (six) and So. OF Trent Mummey (four) lead the team in homers but all nine players that have started at least seven games this season have contributed to the team homer total.
Mummey also enters the game leading the SEC in runs scored with 19 and is seventh in the SEC with a .441 batting average, hitting safely in a team-best eight straight games after being moved to the leadoff spot in the order for the third game of the season.
The match-up will be the first between the two schools.
Fans attending Saturday's double-header will need just one ticket for both games.
Sunday's game is Family Day where fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $30. The team will also sign autographs after the game.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING
With a two-game sweep of Davidson, Auburn has its first three-game winning streak since April 6-9, 2008 ... The last four-game winning streak was when it won seven straight from March 4-11, 2008, which also started with two wins over Davidson.
AUBURN AND BROWN MEET FOR FIRST TIME
Auburn and Brown will be meeting for the first time in baseball ... Of the four major sports at Auburn (football, men's and women's basketball and baseball), none have faced Brown on the field/court prior to this weekend's four-game series.
Auburn leads the SEC with 20 home runs through nine games ... The next highest total in the league is LSU's 18 ... Jr. IF Joseph Sanders leads the team with six home runs, equaling his total from last season in just nine games.
AT THE PLATE
HOMER HAPPY: Through the first nine games of the season Auburn has already hit an SEC-leading 20 home runs ... Auburn's 1998 team, which holds the school record with 87 homers in a season, had just 11 homers nine games into the season while last season it took the team 24 games to hit 20 home runs after hitting 10 in the first nine games of the year ... With 20 home runs out of 85 hits, nearly one in every four (24 percent) Auburn hit results in a home run.
THE MUMMEY RETURNS: So. OF Trent Mummey has scored a SEC-best 19 runs in the first nine games of 2009 for an average of 2.11 runs per game ... Based on a 55-game schedule (Auburn has already had a game cancelled), he would finish the year scoring 116 runs ... The Auburn single-season record for runs scored is 83 by Gabe Gross (2000) but to break into the top 10 he would need to score just 71.
SUPERS SANDERS: Jr. IF Joseph Sanders brings a seven-game hitting streak into Friday's contest with Brown ... During his hitting streak he is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with five home runs and 18 RBI ... Sanders has hit at least one home run in four of the six games and leads the team with six homers, which is second in the SEC behind Kent Matthes' (Alabama) seven.
MUMS THE WORD: So. OF Trent Mummey has a team- and personal-best eight-game hitting streak and is hitting a team-best .500 (15-for-30) during the string with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 19 runs scored ... He has also drawn five walks and been hit by a pitch four times for a .615 on base percentage ... Five of Mummey's games in the streak have been multi-hit games.
SWIPER NO SWIPING: After stealing just two bases in the first seven games combined, Auburn was able to double their production on the year with two steals on Tuesday vs. Davidson and now has five on the season ... Jr. IF Joseph Sanders and So. OF Trent Mummey each have two steals on the year ... The five stolen bases is tied with South Carolina for 10th in the SEC ... LSU leads the league with 30 steals.
ON THE MOUND
TEAM NUMBERS: Auburn's pitching staff enters the weekend 11th in the SEC in ERA with a 6.01 mark, ahead of only Tennessee (6.39) ... However, the staff has already fanned 80 hitters, which is fourth-most in the SEC (LSU leads the league with 100).
SOME NASTY STUFF: Despite ranking fourth in the SEC with 80 strikeouts, the Auburn pitching staff leads is tied with Arkansas for the league lead in strikeouts looking with 30.
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