Baseball hosts Coppin State for two midweek games

March 17, 2014


 

 

 2014 Auburn Baseball - Games 21-22
 Matchup  Auburn Tigers (13-7, 2-1 SEC) vs. Coppin State Eagles (4-9, 2-1 MEAC)
 Schedule  Tuesday, March 18 - 6 p.m. | Live Stats | Watch Live
 Wednesday, March 19 - 3 p.m. | Live Stats | Watch Live
 Location  Plainsman Park | Seating Chart | Parking
 Tickets  Buy Tickets Online | Auburn Baseball Ticket Information
 Radio  Local Broadcast: WGGZ 94.3 FM
 (Rod Bramblett, Van Riggs, Joe Beckwith)
 Online  Auburn Game Notes | Live Audio/Video | Twitter: @AUTigerBaseball
 
 Probable Starting Pitchers
 Tuesday  LHP Michael O'Neal (0-2, 3.80) vs. RHP Yahya Muhammad (0-3, 6.48)
 Wednesday  TBA vs. LHP Dillon O'Brien (0-0, 4.63)

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn will step out of league play this week for a pair of non-conference tilts against Coppin State at Plainsman Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Tigers (13-7, 2-1 SEC) are coming off a week in which they won four of five games, including a series victory over Texas A&M as SEC play for the 2014 season began. Auburn also won a pair of midweek games at Kennesaw State and at home versus Alabama State.

After winning seven of their last eight, the Tigers moved into one national poll, earning a ranking of No. 29 in the Collegiate Baseball release on Monday. It marks the first national ranking for Auburn baseball since the week of April 2, 2012, when Auburn was No. 23 in Baseball America and No. 27 by Collegiate Baseball.

Coppin State (4-9, 2-1 MEAC) comes into the week having won four of their last five games. The Eagles swept a doubleheader at North Carolina Central last Tuesday, then took two of three from Maryland-Eastern Shore in their opening MEAC series.

Michael O'Neal (0-2, 3.80) will get the start for Auburn on Tuesday. The senior left-hander will be making his fourth start of the season for the Tigers. In his last start against Mercer on March 9, he was stuck with a no-decision after the Auburn bullpen blew a three-run lead in the ninth after he had allowed just two unearned runs in 6.2 innings. The Tigers have not yet announced a starter for Wednesday's matinee.

Both games can be heard locally on WINGS 94.3 FM. Van Riggs and Joe Beckwith will have the call of Tuesday's game, and Rod Bramblett will join Riggs in the booth for Wednesday's contests. AuburnTigers.com will provide live stats and live video/audio of both games as well.

TUESDAY
$1 Hot Dog Night presented by Carolina Pride
Post-Game Autographs: Auburn players will sign autographs along the left-field wall after the game

WEDNESDAY
Fear the 'Stache Day: Fans wearing a mustache (real, temporary tattoo, drawn with a pencil, JUST ROCK THE STACHE!) will receive half-price admission ($4.00)
Post-Game Autographs: Auburn players will sign autographs along the left-field wall after the game

• This week will mark the first meeting between Auburn and Coppin State in baseball.
• Auburn is 8-2 in its last 10 games.
• The Tigers are coming off a 4-1 week with midweek wins over Kennesaw State and Alabama State, along with a series victory over Texas A&M.
• The series win over Texas A&M was the sixth time in seven years for Auburn to win its opening league series.
Dillon Ortman and Keegan Thompson pitched back-to-back complete games in the Texas A&M series. It was the first time for Auburn to accomplish that feat since Cory Luckie and Grant Dayton did it at Vanderbilt, April 17-18, 2010.
• Ortman's complete-game shutout of Texas A&M was the first for Auburn in an SEC game since Derek Varnadore shut out Georgia on May 7, 2011.
• Auburn has pitched two one-hitters this month after going 12 years without pitching one.
• The Tigers had a season-high 15 hits in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. Texas A&M.
• Senior Damek Tomscha is in the top 10 in the SEC in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging, on-base percentage and times hit by pitch.
• Senior Dan Glevenyak has reached base safely in all 20 games for Auburn this year and has a streak of 22 straight games dating back to last season.
• Auburn has been hit by pitch 36 times this year, including at least once in all 20 games.

• Auburn is ranked No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball and is receiving votes by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
• Coppin State is unranked.

The Tigers hit the road for the first time in Southeastern Conference play with a three-game series at Tennessee this weekend. The Tigers face the Vols at 5 p.m. CT Friday, 3 p.m. CT Saturday and 1 p.m. CT Sunday. Saturday's game will be televised by CSS and will also be available on ESPN3.com.