April 27, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn baseball team will attempt to break a five-game losing streak on Tuesday when it plays host to Troy at 6pm CT at Plainsman Park. The game is the first of a home-and-home series between the two teams.
Auburn will send Jr. RHP Taylor Thompson (2-3, 8.64 ERA) to the hill on Tuesday at home and Sr. RHP Paul Burnside (1-3, 6.69) to the mound on Wednesday at Riddle-Pace Field. Troy is expected to counter with Jr. RHP Tim Wheeler (2-3, 9.67) on Tuesday and Sr. LHP Steven Morelock (0-0, 12.00).
All tickets to Tuesday's game are two dollars.
Troy Trojans (25-16, 12-7 Sun Belt) vs. Auburn Tigers (25-19, 8-13 SEC)
Tues. April 28 & Wed. April 29 Plainsman Park / Riddle-Pace Field Auburn, AL / Troy, AL
Radio: WKKR-FM 97.7 TV: none
PITCHING PROBABLESAUBURN HEADLINES
Apr. 28 vs. Troy Jr. RHP Taylor Thompson (2-3, 8.64) vs. Jr. RHP Tim Wheeler (2-3, 9.67)
Apr. 29 at Troy Sr. RHP Paul Burnside (1-3, 6.69) vs. Sr. LHP Steven Morelock (0-0, 12.00)
AUBURN VS TROY: Auburn will play a home-and-home with Troy this week, a seires that Auburn leads, 34-15 ... The two teams split the series last year with each team winning on the opponents' home field while in 2007 both teams won on their home field ... The last time Auburn won both meetings with Troy was in 2005, winning 12-2 at home and 4-3 at Troy.
PAWLOWSKI AND TROY: Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski will be facing Troy for the first time in his career as either a head or an assistant coach.
FIVE-GAME SLIDE: Auburn is on a season-worst five-game losing streak after being swept at No. 6 LSU last weekend ... Auburn has been out-scored 39-21 and out-hit 63-40 during the slide ... Should Auburn fall on Tuesday the six-game losing streak would be its longest since losing six straight from April 29-May 12, 2007.
HOME RUN RECORD BROKEN:
So. OF Brian Fletcher's
fourth-inning home run on Friday night was the 88th of the season for Auburn, establishing a new school record ... The team has now hit 92 on the season and is looking to become just the 20th SEC team to hit 102-or-more home runs in a season.
SOLOISTS: Nine of the last 11 and 11 of the last 14 Auburn home runs have been solo shots and the team has now hit 54 (of 92) solo home runs ... The 54 solo home runs would rank tied for 11th all-time in Auburn history for single-season homers.
EIGHT STRAIGHT: When So. IF Hunter Morris homered in the third inning on Sunday, it marked the eighth straight game that Auburn has hit at least one home run ... Auburn has tallied 18 home runs over the last eight games, failing to hit multiple homers in just two of those games (April 17 at South Carolina, April 26 at LSU) ... Auburn has now hit home runs in at least eight straight games two times this season, hitting one in nine straight from March 4-15 [22 total HR] ... The school single-season record for consecutive games with a home run is 13, done twice (Feb. 10-March 4, 1998 and April 2-20, 1983).
AUBURN NINTH IN SEC: With three conference series left, Auburn (8-13) now stands ninth in the SEC, a game behind South Carolina (9-12) and two-and-a-half games behind Vanderbilt (10-10) ... Auburn holds a one-game lead over 10th-place Kentucky (7-14) and a two-game lead on Mississippi State and Tennessee (6-15) ... South Carolina and Vanderbilt play each other this weekend in Columbia.
AT THE PLATE
FIVE-FOR-FIVE: Fr. IF Casey McElroy went a perfect 5-for-5 with five singles in Sunday's game at LSU, becoming the first Tiger to have five hits in a game since Joseph Sanders did it at Mercer on May 13, 2008 ... With the perfect day at the plate, McElroy upped his season average to .270 overall and .269 in SEC play ... The five-hit game was the 12th multi-hit game for McElroy this season, which is tied for fourth-most on the team.
MORRIS MASHING IN APRIL: So. IF Hunter Morris has hit six of his 12 home runs in the month of April and has driven in 11 of his 28 RBI in the 17 games this month ... Since the start of the month Morris has raised his average from .253 at the end of March to its' current mark of .292 ... Morris has collected at least one hit in 15 out of 17 games this month and is on a current team-best six-game hitting streak ... Over the last six games he is 10-for-23 (.438) with four homers and six RBI ... Morris' .292 batting average is the highest it has been this season since he was hitting .312 on February 26th after just four games played and 16 at bats.
ODD STAT: Auburn has hit 92 home runs this season, 12 more than the team's double total of 80 ... Five players on the team have more homers than doubles ... Coupled with the team's 11 triples, Auburn has now collected 183 extra-base hits, which is 10th in Auburn history.
OLD RELIABLE: Auburn has scored 144 out of its 312 runs (46 percent) via the long ball, hitting 54 solo home runs, 26 two-run home runs, 10 three-run home runs and two grand slams.
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