April 29, 2010
The Auburn baseball team hits the road for an important Southeastern Conference series this weekend, heading to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the nation's No. 7-ranked team, Arkansas. Auburn is 28-14, 10-8 SEC and sits three games behind the SEC West-leading Arkansas club, which is 34-8, 13-5 SEC.
"When you start talking about Arkansas and start looking at it purely from a numbers standpoint, Arkansas is an outstanding team," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "They are having a tremendous year. They are one of the elite teams in the SEC. It will be a great challenge for our kids and our program going into their place and this will be a good test."
Arkansas will counter with So. LHP Drew Smyly (6-0, 2.22) on Friday, Fr. LHP Randall Fant (3-0, 2.60) on Saturday and Jr. RHP Brett Eibner (3-3, 4.04) on Sunday.
Auburn, which remains the SEC's top-hitting club with a .351 team batting average, is 14-1 overall when the opponent starts a left-handed pitcher, hitting .344 against southpaws with a lineup that regularly features four left-handed hitters.
Auburn is in search of back-to-back series wins in Fayetteville for the first time since it won series in 1998 and 2000, Auburn's only other series wins at Arkansas. Auburn's last series win (in 2008) came in dramatic fashion as Auburn was down, 8-2, going to the top of the eighth in Sunday's rubber match before scoring four runs in the eighth, four in the ninth and two in the 10th to win the series.
Arkansas swept the series last year in Auburn, winning a one-run game on Friday and then scoring five times over the final two innings to rally for a 10-6 win on Saturday and then winning 12-6 on Sunday.
Game times for the series are 6:30pm CT on Friday, 2pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.
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