April 17, 2013
Having won back-to-back Southeastern Conference series, the Auburn baseball team will try to make it three straight this week when it plays at No. 10 Mississippi State. Game times for the series are 6:30pm CT on Thursday (ESPNU) and Friday (CSS) and 4pm on Saturday. All three games will be available on the Auburn Network's baseball affiliates.
Auburn goes into the series 23-14, 5-10 SEC while Mississippi State is 30-9, 8-7 SEC.
Neither team has announced a pitching rotation as of Wednesday morning.
The Last Meeting
April 1, 2012
No. 24 Auburn Claims Third Straight SEC Series With 8-2 Win Over Mississippi State
The No. 24 Auburn baseball team claimed its third straight Southeastern Conference series with a 8-2 win over Mississippi State on Sunday behind six strong innings from freshman Daniel Koger. The win improved Auburn's record to 17-11, 6-3 SEC and marks the first time Auburn has opened up the conference season with three straight wins since 2003.
Auburn has won four of the last five series between the two but is looking for its first series win at Dudy Noble Field since 2009 as Mississippi State hosts its annual Super Bulldog Weekend.
Auburn's appearance on Thursday Night SEC Baseball on ESPNU will be its third since the package began in 2011 and it has won both of its previous series, taking two-of-three from Ole Miss at Plainsman Park in 2011 and winning the series at Arkansas in 2012, winning the series-opener both times.
Auburn is led offensively by Garrett Cooper who leads the team in hitting (.33) and has been on base in 35 out of 37 games. He also leads the team in slugging percentage (.520), on base percentage (.471), RBI (29), home runs (four), total bases (64) and walks (27).
Auburn's bullpen, meanwhile, has been very stingy this season, holding teams to a .238 batting average against with a 2.82 ERA. Leading the way is Reid Carter, who has allowed just three of his 15 inherited runners to score, and Justin Camp, who is 4-0 with two saves and a 1.84 ERA, holding opponents to a .217 batting average against.
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