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Auburn Baseball Notebook - March 24

March 24, 2014

Blake Logan celebrates a three-run home run against Coppin State last Wednesday, part of a six-RBI day for the freshman. (Zach Bland photo)

Overall: 17-8
Last Week: 4-1
SEC: 4-2
Non-Conference: 13-6
Streak: L1

Last Week’s Results:
Mar. 18 - Coppin State (W, 10-0)
Mar. 19 - Coppin State (W, 13-2)
Mar. 21 - at Tennessee (W, 3-2)
Mar. 22 - at Tennessee (W, 4-2)
Mar. 23 - at Tennessee (L, 8-6)

This Week’s Schedule:
Mar. 25 - Kennesaw State, 6 p.m.
Mar. 27 - *Missouri, 6:30 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)
Mar. 28 - *Missouri, 6 p.m.
Mar. 29 - *Missouri, Noon (TV: FSN)

Dillon Ortman - Sr. - RHP - Huntsville, Ala.
--Earned second SEC win with 7.0 innings of one-run ball at Tennessee
--With his fifth win this season, he has matched his career win total from his first three seasons

Keegan Thompson - Fr. - RHP - Cullman, Ala.
--Moved to 5-0 with 7.1 innings of work at Tennessee to clinch Auburn's second SEC series win
--Has posted quality starts in last five appearances
--Retired first 12 batters faced vs. Tennessee; had stretch across two games (Texas A&M last week, Tennessee this week) where he retired 26 of 27 batters faced
--Has ERA of 0.78 through 46.1 innings pitched, holding opponents to .118 average

Blake Austin - Sr. - C - Douglasville, Ga.
--Hit .429/.500/.786 for the week (6-14) with 2 doubles, a home run and 7 RBI
--Drove in 5 runs in Tennessee series, including hitting his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss
--Increased his season batting average by 37 points during the week

Blake Logan - Fr. - C - Muscle Shoals, Ala.
--Went 4-9 at the plate (.444) in two starts and two pinch-hit appearances
--Had a career-high 6 RBI in Wednesday's win over Coppin State, including his first collegiate home run

Auburn won its second SEC series of the season, taking two of three games at Tennessee to finish off a 4-1 week ... It marked Auburn’s fifth-straight SEC series win, dating back to the 2013 season, which is the longest active streak in the league ... The Tigers began the week with a pair of non-conference home wins over Coppin State, defeating the Eagles 10-0 and 13-2 ... Auburn won a series in Knoxville for the first time since 2009, claiming a 3-2 win Friday night and a 4-2 win on Saturday ... Tennessee held off a late Auburn rally in Sunday’s game for an 8-6 win ... Through 6 SEC games, Auburn leads the league with a .310 batting average in conference games ... The Tigers also have a league-best .987 fielding percentage in conference games ... Auburn’s 10-0 win over Coppin State on Tuesday was the fourth shutout of the season by the Tigers, the most since 2002 ... Eleven players had a hit in the game for Auburn ... Auburn scored in every inning, the first time for Auburn to do that in a nine-inning game since a 16-4 win over Tennessee in 1999 ... Wednesday saw the Tigers follow up with a 13-2 win over Coppin State ... Freshman catcher Blake Logan recorded a career-high 6 RBI in the game, hitting a three-run homer, driving in two more with a base hit and bringing home his sixth run with a sacrifice fly ... It marked the most RBI by an Auburn player since Dan Glevenyak had 6 RBI (on two 3-run homers in the same inning) at Jacksonville State last season ... Senior Dillon Ortman improved to 5-1 with his win over Tennessee on Friday night, holding the Vols to two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings of work ... Freshman Keegan Thompson followed suit on Saturday, pitching 7.1 innings where he allowed just one run on five hits to clinch the series against the Vols ... Blake Austin had 5 RBI in the Tennessee series with a 2-RBI single in the first inning of Friday’s game and a three-run homer - his first of the year - in Sunday’s contest ... Ryan Tella hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot to cut the Tennessee lead to one run ... Senior Terrance Dedrick earned his second and third saves of the season with shutout innings against Tennessee on Friday and Saturday ... In 17 career regular-season appearances in SEC games, Dedrick has a 1.62 ERA and has converted 11 of 12 save opportunities (33.1 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 18 H, 27 K) ... Four Auburn players - Blake Logan, Damon Haecker, Blake Austin, Ryan Tella - hit above .400 for the week ... Auburn will host Kennesaw State in non-conference action at 6 p.m. Tuesday ... The Tigers will host Missouri for a Thursday-Saturday series at Plainsman Park ... Thursday’s game is the first in this season’s ESPNU Thursday Night package, set for a 6:30 p.m. start ... Friday’s game begins at 6 p.m.; Saturday is set for a noon first pitch and will be televised by FSN.



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