April 3, 2014
|2014 Auburn Baseball - Games 31-33|
|Matchup||Auburn Tigers (19-11, 5-4 SEC) at Ole Miss Rebels (22-8, 4-5 SEC)|
|Schedule|| Friday, April 4 - 6:30 p.m. CT| Live Stats | Listen Live
Saturday, April 5 - 4 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
Sunday, April 6 - 1:30 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
|Location||Oxford, Miss. | Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field|
|Tickets||Buy Tickets Online|
|TV|| Sunday: CSS/ESPN3.com | Watch Live
(Richard Cross, Joe Beckwith)
|Radio|| Auburn IMG Sports Network
(Rod Bramblett, Van Riggs)
Local Broadcast: WGGZ 94.3 FM | Network Affiliates
|Online|| Auburn Game Notes | Live Video (Fri-Sat) | Twitter: @AUTigerBaseball
|Probable Starting Pitchers|
|Friday||RHP Dillon Ortman (5-2, 2.05) vs. RHP Chris Ellis (4-0, 1.91)|
|Saturday||RHP Keegan Thompson (5-0, 1.03) vs. LHP Christian Trent (3-0, 2.91)|
|Sunday||LHP Michael O'Neal (2-2, 3.38) vs. RHP Sam Smith (3-2, 2.36)|
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn Tigers hit the road for the second time this season in SEC play as they travel to Oxford, Miss., for a three-game series against the Ole Miss Rebels at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Game times are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Tigers (19-11, 5-4 SEC) will look to bounce back from dropping two of three to Missouri in their last SEC series, their first conference series loss so far this season. Auburn also fell in midweek action, dropping an 8-1 decision to Samford at home Tuesday night.
Ole Miss (22-8, 4-5 SEC) is also seeking redemption after being swept on the road at Alabama last weekend. The Rebels, ranked in all major polls, will look to improve on their perfect home record in league play and 16-2 overall mark in their home park this year.
Rod Bramblett and Andy Burcham will have the call on the Auburn IMG Sports Network for all three games with air time set for 15 minutes prior to first pitch. Locally, the broadcast can be heard on WINGS 94.3 FM. Fans can also follow live stats and audio at AuburnTigers.com.
Sunday's game is slated to be televised by CSS with Richard Cross and Joe Beckwith on the call. The game can also be viewed on ESPN3.com.
Auburn is 75-74-1 all-time against Ole Miss, including a 31-42-1 record in games played in Oxford.
The Tigers have won the last four series against Ole Miss, dating back to the 2010 season.
Auburn enters the weekend at 5-4 in the SEC, one game out of first place in the SEC Western Division.
The Tigers were 45th in the initial release of the official NCAA RPI this week.
Auburn has been hit by pitch 48 times this year, including at least once in 26 of 30 games. The single-season record is 73 in 2010; Auburn is on pace to be plunked 89 times this season (1.6 HBP/game).
Auburn leads the league in average in conference games (.315) but is ninth in runs scored (34).
Senior Damek Tomscha (.391) and sophomore Jordan Ebert (.388) entered the week as the top two hitters in the Southeastern Conference.
Opponents are hitting just .142 against freshman RHP Keegan Thompson, which leads the SEC.
Thompson has the SEC's second-best earned run average (1.03).
Auburn leads the SEC with 53 stolen bases this year. At an average of 1.79 steals/game, Auburn is on pace for 99 steals in the regular season, which would rank fourth in school history for a single-season.
Coach Sunny Golloway's win over Missouri on March 29 was the 700th of his head coaching career.
Golloway is 0-2 all-time against Ole Miss with both meetings coming in the 2005 Oxford Regional while Golloway was interim head coach at Oklahoma.
|In the Rankings|
Auburn is ranked No. 27 by Collegiate Baseball and is receiving votes in two other polls.
Ole Miss is ranked No. 23 by Baseball America, No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 18 by the NCBWA and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
|Auburn-Ole Miss Series|
Auburn and Ole Miss will be meeting for the 38th consecutive season this weekend. Dating back to 1949, the Tigers lead the all-time series 75-74-1 and have won the last four series against the Rebels. Ole Miss has a 42-31-1 advantage when games are played in Oxford.
Auburn will be back home for a midweek game against Troy next Tuesday, April 8, before hitting the road again for another SEC weekend series at Alabama.