March 9, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
Casey McElroy was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday by the conference office, a day before the infielder gets his and his teammates first taste of what's to come from its SEC opponents over the next 10 weeks as Auburn will square off with Alabama on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium in the inaugural Max Capital City Classic. First pitch is set for 7pm CT but fans are encouraged to be in the stadium by 6:30 for all of the pregame festivities.
The two in-state rivals will be bringing some of the nation's top players into the home of the Montgomery Biscuits as Alabama's Kent Matthes' nine home runs is just two ahead of Auburn's Joseph Sanders' seven, with the two ranking one-two in the national home run stats. Auburn's Trent Mummey is also on the national home run list in a tie for seventh with six but it is the runs scored list that he tops, having already scored 26 times in 13 games.
The meeting at Riverwalk Stadium will be the first of four games between the two squads this season, though Tuesday night's game will serve as a non-conference contest for both squads.
"Anytime you get Auburn and Alabama together, whatever sport it is, it doesn't matter, it's exciting. It's exciting for the fans and for the schools. The guys are excited about playing in it and we are certainly looking forward to it," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "The city of Montgomery has done a great job in promoting and getting people out there. I think the stadium will be packed, I think it will be a tremendous college environment and we certainly are looking forward to it."
Auburn (9-4) and Alabama (8-3) are also two of the top home run hitting teams in the nation as Auburn ranks second with 29 and Alabama is tied for eighth nationally with 21.
The meeting in Montgomery will be the eighth in the capital city in the series history, with Alabama owning a 4-3 advantage, though this will be the first game played in Riverwalk Stadium. The last game to be played in Montgomery was in 1996, a 2-0 Alabama win.
McElroy picked up the conference award after leading Auburn to wins in six straight games last week, delivering the game-winning RBI in Sunday's, 10-9, extra-inning comeback win over Brown. For the week the Orlando, Fla., native hit .435 with six extra-base hits and a team-best tying 10 RBI. His second home run of the week capped Auburn's four-homer first in Friday night's 11-2 win over Brown, giving him home run in back-to-back at bats after he homered in his final at bat against Davidson on Wednesday.
Senior right handed pitcher and Montgomery native Paul Burnside (0-0, 4.35) has gotten the starting nod from Pawlowski on the mound while Alabama will send junior lefty David Head (0-2, 6.75) to the hill.
There are still 500 general admission tickets available for Tuesday night's game. Fans wishing to listen to the game can tune into WKKR-FM 97.7 in the Auburn-Opelika area or any of the other Auburn ISP Sports Network affiliates.
WSFA will also video stream the game live on its website.
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