Auburn Baseball Notebook - March 17

March 17, 2014

Damek Tomscha continued his hot hitting as SEC play began last week. (Zach Bland photo)

Overall: 13-7
Last Week: 4-1
SEC: 2-1
Non-Conference: 11-6
Streak: L1

Last Week’s Results:
Mar. 11 - at Kennesaw State (W 6-1)
Mar. 12 - vs. Alabama State (W 6-5)
Mar. 14 - *Texas A&M (W 4-0)
Mar. 15-G1 - *Texas A&M (W 5-2)
Mar. 15-G2 - *Texas A&M (L 0-9)

This Week’s Schedule:
Mar. 18 - Coppin State, 6 p.m.
Mar. 19 - Coppin State, 3 p.m.
Mar. 21 - *at Tennessee, 5 p.m. CT
Mar. 22 - *at Tennessee, 3 p.m. CT (TV: CSS)
Mar. 23 - *at Tennessee, 1 p.m. CT

Dillon Ortman - Sr. - RHP - Huntsville, Ala.
--Pitched Auburn's second complete-game shutout of the season and first of two complete games on the weekend
--Held Texas A&M to four hits over nine innings in his second career SEC start; earned first win as a starter in an SEC game
--Improved to 4-1 on the season with his career-long outing
--With four wins this year, he has surpassed his win total over the last two seasons

Keegan Thompson - Fr. - RHP - Cullman, Ala.
--Pitched his second complete game of the season and earned his fourth win in a 5-2 victory over Texas A&M
--Now has two complete games in five career starts
--Gave up just his second and third earned runs of the season and struck out a career-high 10 batters
--For the season, is 4-0 with an 0.69 ERA in five starts
--Has a team-best 31 strikeouts and opponents are batting .104 against him for the season

Damek Tomscha - Sr. - INF - Sioux City, Iowa
--Hit .529/.529/1.118 for the week (9-17) with four doubles, 2 HR and 5 RBI
--Improved his season batting average to a team-best .400 on the year
--Increased his season batting average by 58 points during the week (was hitting .342 coming into the week)
--Has reached base safely in all 18 games he has played this season
--Currently on a 6-game hitting streak

Auburn went 4-1 last week (2-1 SEC) to improve to 13-7 overall, 2-1 in SEC play for the season ... The Tigers swept a pair of midweek games, winning on the road at Kennesaw State (6-1) Tuesday night, then taking a come-from-behind, 6-5 win over Alabama State on Wednesday ... Auburn and first-year head coach Sunny Golloway got their first taste of SEC action, taking two of three from Texas A&M ... The Tigers got a complete-game shutout from senior Dillon Ortman in a 4-0 win Friday night ... Freshman Keegan Thompson also went the distance in a 5-2 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader ... It was the first time for Auburn to throw back-to-back complete games since Cory Luckie and Grant Dayton did it at Vanderbilt (4/17-18/10) ... Texas A&M took the final game of the series, 9-0, to snap a seven-game Auburn winning streak ... Tuesday’s win over Kennesaw State was the Tigers’ second one-hitter of the season as four pitchers - Justin Camp, Terrance Dedrick, Jay Wade and Rocky McCord - combined to hold the Owls to just one hit in a 6-1 win ... Auburn had gone 12 years between one-hitters prior to the start of this month, and then pitched two one-hitters in a span of 11 days (Keegan Thompson, complete-game one-hitter vs. Presbyterian 3/1) ... Wednesday’s game against Alabama State saw Damek Tomscha hit a home run for the third consecutive game ... Ryan Tella also homered for the Tigers, giving Auburn its first multi-home run game of the season ... Senior Dillon Ortman (4-1) pitched Auburn’s second complete-game shutout of the season in his second career SEC start, holding Texas A&M to four hits in a 4-0 win ... It was the longest outing of Ortman’s career and his first win as a starter in an SEC game ... Auburn’s Friday night win was its first in an SEC opener since 2010 ... The complete-game shutout for Ortman was Auburn’s first in a conference game since 2011 (Derek Varnadore vs. Georgia, 5/7) ... The Tigers made it back-to-back complete games Saturday as Keegan Thompson (4-0) went the distance in a 5-2 win over Texas A&M as Auburn clinched the series ... It was Thompson’s second complete game this season, and he has gone 7+ innings in his last four starts ... He struck out a career-high 10 batters, including the final three in the ninth inning ... Auburn clinched its opening SEC series for the sixth time in the last seven seasons ... With three complete games already this year, Auburn has matched its total from the last two-plus seasons combined ... The Tigers had a season-high 15 hits in Saturday’s first game ... Senior Damek Tomscha hit .529 (9-17) for the week with 4 doubles, 2 HR and 5 RBI ... Tomscha’s slugging perentage for the week was 1.118 ... For the season, Tomscha is hitting .400/.521/.764 ... Tomscha is on a six-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 18 games in which he has played ... Senior Dan Glevenyak has a 22-game reached base streak dating back to last season ... Jordan Ebert hit .409 for the week (9-22) ... Daniel Robert hit .400 (4-10) in three starts and drove in three runs ... Auburn continued its streak of being hit by a pitch at least once in every game this season ... The Tigers have been hit by pitch 36 times this year ... Auburn has another five-game week ahead, starting with a pair of non-conference games against Coppin State (6 p.m. Tuesday, 3 p.m. Wednesday) ... Auburn hits the road for the first time in league play for a three-game series at Tennessee ... Friday’s game starts at 5 p.m. CT, Saturday’s game is a 3 p.m. first pitch and will be televised by CSS, and Sunday’s series finale begins at 1 p.m. CT.