March 28, 2011
The Auburn baseball team will play host to No. 21 Troy on Two-for-Tuesday Night at Plainsman Park, with first pitch set for 6pm. It also Auburn Faculty/Staff Night where Auburn employees receive free admission with a valid ID.
Auburn (14-10) will send Jr. RHP Jon Luke Jacobs (1-1, 1.93 ERA) to the mound for his second start of the season while Troy (19-4) is set to counter with So. LHP Shane McCain (0-0, 4.82).
Auburn, which has won four of its last five at home and four of its last five against Troy dating back to 2008, will try to snap a four-game slide that started a week ago at Jacksonville State.
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AUBURN TIGERS (14-10, 2-4 SEC)
#21 TROY TROJANS (19-4, 5-1 SUN BELT)
Tuesday, March 29 (auburntigers.com audio & video / WKKR 97.7 FM)
Troy at Auburn 6PM Plainsman Park
So. LHP Shane McCain (0-0, 4.82) vs. Jr. RHP Jon Luke Jacobs (1-1, 1.93)
Tony Caldwell displayed his cannon of an arm over the weekend, throwing out four of the five Mississippi State runners trying to steal a base on him, including Nick Vickerson who entered the weekend a perfect 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts ... A Johnny Bench Award Candidate as the nation's top catcher for the third time in his career, Caldwell has thrown out 10 of 18 attempted base stealers (56 percent) and has picked a man off first while defensively he has only been charged two passed balls while starting 19 games behind the plate.
Jon Luke Jacobs ON THE BUMP
Jr. RHP Jon Luke Jacobs will be making his second start of the season on Tuesday and just his third appearance of the season ... In his lone start of the season, he was tagged with the loss despite allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk in a 5-2 loss to Bethune-Cookman ... In his two appearances, he is averaging 12.54 strike outs/game (13 K, 9 1/3 IP) and has allowed just nine hits and one walk (1.07 WHIP).
DAN'S THE MAN
Dan Gamache has reached base safely in each of the last 21 games, the longest current streak on the team ... Over the last 21 games, he has hit .350 (28-for-80) with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs and has drawn 11 walks and been hit by a pitch five times for a .458 on-base percentage, tops on the team ... Only three of the 21 games have seen him not record a hit (he is on a five-game hitting streak) and eight of the games have seen him collect multiple hits.
IN LIKE A LION...
Auburn went 7-3 to start the month of March, picking up wins over No. 18 College of Charleston, No. 7 Arizona State and Alabama but has gone just 2-5 since March 16, though the wins came over No. 9 Arkansas ... Auburn hit .328 and had a 4.50 ERA from March 1-15 but has hit just .272 and has a 6.28 ERA since.
JUMPING OUT EARLY
Auburn has outscored its opponents 62-31 over the first three innings of games and didn't allow a run in the first three innings of a game until the ninth game of the season (vs. Bethune-Cookman, March 2) ... Of Auburn's 14 home runs, seven of them have come in the first three innings of games ... Auburn is 6-2 when scoring in the first inning and 11-5 when it scores first ... The team is also hitting .320 (96-for-300) over the first three innings of games.
LAST TIME OUT
Auburn was swept in a three-game series at Mississippi State in which Auburn out-scored 27-14, giving up 24 two-out runs.
Auburn completes its four-game homestand by playing host to No. 1 Vanderbilt for three games at Plainsman Park ... The last time a No. 1 team came to Auburn it was Vanderbilt in 2007, with Auburn dropping two-of-three to the Commodores, including one in extra-innings.
AUBURN IN THE RPI
According to WarrenNolan.com, Auburn enters the week 18th in the RPI, the fifth-highest SEC team behind Florida (No. 1), South Carolina (No. 5), Vanderbilt (No. 8) and Ole Miss (No. 13) ... Auburn is playing the fourth-toughest schedule, second in the league to No. 1 Georgia.
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