Missouri, ESPNU visit Plainsman Park this weekend

March 26, 2014



 2014 Auburn Baseball - Games 27-29
 Matchup  Auburn Tigers (18-8, 4-2 SEC) vs. Missouri Tigers (11-12, 1-5 SEC)
 Schedule  Thursday, March 27 - 6:30 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Friday, March 28 - 6 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Satuday, March 29 - Noon CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Location  Plainsman Park | Seating Chart | Parking
 Tickets  Buy Tickets Online | Auburn Baseball Ticket Information
 TV  Thursday: ESPNU | Watch Live - WatchESPN
 (Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke)
 Saturday: SportSouth | Watch Live - ESPN3.com
 (Dave Neal, Larry Conley)
 Radio  Auburn IMG Sports Network
 (Rod Bramblett, Van Riggs)
 Local Broadcast: WGGZ 94.3 FM | Network Affiliates
 Online  Auburn Game Notes | Live Audio/Video | Twitter: @AUTigerBaseball  
 Probable Starting Pitchers
 Thursday  RHP Dillon Ortman (5-1, 1.96) vs. RHP Eric Anderson (0-2, 2.77)
 Friday  RHP Keegan Thompson (5-0, 0.78) vs. RHP John Miles (2-2, 5.57)
 Saturday  LHP Michael O'Neal (1-2, 3.62) vs. RHP Brett Graves (3-1, 1.51)

AUBURN, Ala. --The nationally ranked Auburn baseball team returns to Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a national television audience for a three-game series with Missouri that begins Thursday at Plainsman Park.

Game times are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. Thursday's game will be televised as part of the ESPNU SEC Game of the Week package with Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson and Chris Burke on the call. Saturday's game is also set to be televised with Dave Neal and Larry Conley calling the action on SportSouth. Both games can be seen online via ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.

Auburn (18-8, 4-2 SEC), ranked No. 21 by Baseball America, is at the top of the standings in the SEC Western Division, tied with Mississippi State and Ole Miss for the best league record after two weekends of play. The Tigers took 2-of-3 in series against Texas A&M and Tennessee to open the conference season and are coming off a midweek win over Kennesaw State on Tuesday.

Missouri (11-12, 1-5 SEC) looks to get back on track after being swept at Ole Miss last weekend. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games but are in search of their first road win of the season.

Rod Bramblett and Van Riggs will call the action on the Auburn IMG Sports Network with a local broadcast available in Auburn on WGGZ 94.3 FM. Live audio and live stats for all three games will be available at AuburnTigers.com, and Friday's game will be available via AUHD.

All Auburn, All Orange: Double AU Ignited points; fans encouraged to wear orange
Free Tank Top: First 500 students receive free orange tank top, courtesy of Carolina Pride
South Carolina Vouchers: First 350 students receive voucher for reserved ticket to April 19 South Carolina game

Mini-Bat Giveaway: Free mini-bat to first 500 fans, courtesy of Cook's Pest Control

Seat Cushion Giveaway: Free seat cushion to first 500 fans, courtesy of Logan Square Apartments
Post-Game Autographs: Auburn players will sign autographs along left-field wall following the game
Kids Run the Bases: Kids 12 and under are invited to the field to run the bases following the game

• Coach Sunny Golloway's next win will be the 700th of his head coaching career.
• Auburn is tied for the lead in the SEC Western Division with a 4-2 conference record.
• The Tigers are coming off a series victory at Tennessee, their second series win of the season and the fifth-straight SEC series victory dating back to 2013.
• Auburn has the longest active streak of winning SEC series (5 straight).
• With their No. 21 ranking in this week's Baseball America poll, the Tigers are ranked by that publication for the first time since April 2, 2012.
• Auburn is in the Top 25 in four of five major polls. The highest ranking is No. 20 from Collegiate Baseball.
• The Tigers have a fielding percentage of .987 in SEC games, which ties for the league lead.
• The Tigers have won 10 straight games against non-SEC opponents.
• Auburn has pitched two one-hitters this month after going 12 years without pitching one.
• Auburn has been hit by pitch 45 times this year, including at least once in 24 of 26 games.
• Opponents are hitting just .118 against freshman RHP Keegan Thompson, which leads the SEC.
• In SEC games, Auburn leads the conference in batting average (.310), on-base percentage (.367), fielding percentage (.987), hits (61),
• Auburn is looking for its first series win against Missouri. Mizzou is 6-2 all-time against Auburn.

• Auburn:
--No. 21 by Baseball America
--No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball
--No. 25 by NCBWA
--No. 24 by Perfect Game
--Receiving votes in USA Today Coaches' Poll
• Missouri is unranked.

• Auburn is 2-6 all-time against Missouri. The teams have met in a three-game series each of the last two seasons with Missouri taking two of three games each time. This will be Missouri's first visit to Auburn as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Auburn wraps up a five-game home stand next Tuesday, April 1, with a 6 p.m. game vs. Samford at Plainsman Park. Next weekend, Auburn heads to Oxford, Miss., for a Southeastern Conference showdown with Ole Miss.