Baseball opens road SEC play at Tennessee

March 20, 2014


 

 

 2014 Auburn Baseball - Games 23-25
 Matchup  Auburn Tigers (15-7, 2-1 SEC) at Tennessee Volunteers (18-2, 2-1 SEC)
 Schedule  Friday, March 21 - 5 p.m. CT| Live Stats | Listen Live
 Saturday, March 22 - 3 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Sunday, March 23 - 1 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Location  Knoxville, Tenn. | Lindsey Nelson Stadium
 Tickets  Buy Tickets Online
 TV  Saturday: CSS/ESPN3.com | Watch Live
 (Mike Morgan, Rusty Ensor)
 Radio  Auburn IMG Sports Network
 (Rod Bramblett, Van Riggs)
 Local Broadcast: WGGZ 94.3 FM | Network Affiliates
 Online  Auburn Game Notes | Live Video | Twitter: @AUTigerBaseball
 
 Probable Starting Pitchers
 Friday  RHP Dillon Ortman (4-1, 1.83) vs. RHP Nick Williams (3-1, 1.48)
 Saturday  RHP Keegan Thompson (4-0, 0.69) vs. RHP Hunter Martin (2-0, 0.73)
 Wednesday  RHP Justin Camp (1-2, 2.90) vs. RHP Andrew Lee (2-0, 3.46)

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn will face its toughest test so far in the 2014 season with its first SEC road trip as they Tigers head to Tennessee for a three-game series, which runs Friday-Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Tigers (15-7, 2-1 SEC) have won nine of their last 10 games and earned a series win over Texas A&M last weekend to open conference play. Auburn also took a pair of midweek wins over Coppin State earlier in the week.

All three games can be heard on the Auburn IMG Sports Network and at AuburnTigers.com with Rod Bramblett and Van Riggs on the call. Saturday’s game will be televised by CSS and ESPN3.com with Mike Morgan and Rusty Ensor calling the action.

Auburn moved into one national poll at the beginning of the week, 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.

Tennessee (18-2, 2-1 SEC) is off to its hottest start in years, earning a No. 14 ranking by Collegiate Baseball and other top-25 recognition in the other polls. The Vols earned a series win on the road at Missouri last week to open conference play and won a midweek home game against Austin Peay earlier in the week.

All six starting pitchers for the weekend will be right-handers. Auburn senior Dillon Ortman (4-1, 1.83) will make his second SEC start Friday after tossing a complete-game shutout against Texas A&M last Friday. He will face Tennessee's Nick Williams (3-1, 1.48), who pitched six scoreless innings at Missouri last Friday but saw his bullpen give up five runs in the last two frames, leaving him with a no-decision.

Auburn freshman ace Keegan Thompson (4-0, 0.69) gets the call Saturday, looking to follow up his second complete-game performance of the year after earning his first conference win with 10 strikeouts against Texas A&M a week ago. Tennessee will counter with Hunter Martin (2-0, 0.73), whose last start at Missouri saw him give up a run on five hits in 3.2 innings of work but take a no-decision.

Sunday's game will feature sophomore Justin Camp (1-2, 2.90) taking the mound for the second time in SEC play. Camp will look to rebound from a rough outing against Texas A&M last Saturday, where he took the loss after giving up four earned runs on six hits in just over five innings of work. Andrew Lee (2-0, 3.46) will get the ball for Tennessee, looking for an SEC win after taking a no-decision at Missouri last Saturday.

• Auburn is 9-1 in its last 10 games.
• The Tigers are coming off a series victory vs. Texas A&M, along with a pair of wins over Coppin State in midweek contests.
• This week marks the first meeting with Tennessee since 2012 and the first trip to Knoxville since 2011.
• 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 have recorded season-highs in hits in three of their last four games. The latest was a 17-hit output vs. Coppin State.
• 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 22 games for Auburn this year and has a streak of 24 straight games dating back to last season.
• Auburn has been hit by pitch 42 times this year, including at least once in all 22 games.
• Freshman Blake Logan had 6 RBI in Wednesday’s win over Coppin State, the most by an Auburn player in a game this season and most since Dan Glevenyak drove in 6 runs at Jacksonville State on May 7, 2013.

• Auburn is ranked No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball and is receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.
• Tennessee is ranked No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 16 by USA Today, No. 18 by Baseball America and No. 21 in the NCBWA poll.

• Auburn is facing Tennessee for the first time since the 2012 season. The Tigers are 82-36 all-time against the Vols, dating back to 1949. Auburn swept the previous series with UT, and the Tigers have won six of the last nine meetings. Auburn is 34-17 all-time in Knoxville, but the last series win in Knoxville for the Tigers came in 2009.

Auburn will be back home for a midweek game against Kennesaw State next Tuesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. The Tigers will then host Missouri for a Thursday-Saturday SEC series, playing the first ESPNU Thursday Night game of the season. Game times for the Missouri series are 6:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and noon.