Tigers host Mississippi State in crucial SEC series

May 1, 2014



 2014 Auburn Baseball - Games 46-48
 Matchup  Auburn Tigers (25-20, 9-12) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (28-18, 11-10)
 Schedule  Friday, May 2 - 6 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Watch Live
 Saturday, May 3 - 6 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Sunday, May 4 - 1 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Watch Live
*Auburn University Graduation Saturday-Sunday* | Info
 Location  Plainsman Park | Seating Chart | Parking
 Tickets  Buy Tickets Online | Auburn Baseball Ticket Information 
 TV   Saturday: CSS | Watch Live - ESPN3.com
 (Matt Stewart, Joe Beckwith)
 Radio  Auburn IMG Sports Network
 (Rod Bramblett, Andy Burcham)
 Local Broadcast: WGGZ 94.3 FM | Network Affiliates
 Online  Auburn Game Notes | Live Audio/Video | Twitter: @AUTigerBaseball 
 Probable Starting Pitchers
 Friday  RHP Dillon Ortman (8-2, 1.92) vs. RHP Trevor Fitts (3-2, 2.90)
 Saturday  RHP Keegan Thompson (5-2, 1.74) vs. LHP Ross Mitchell (6-4, 2.35)
 Sunday  LHP Michael O'Neal (3-4, 3.43) vs. TBA

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn Tigers begin the stretch run in Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a crucial home series against SEC West rival Mississippi State at Plainsman Park.

Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Tigers (25-20, 9-12 SEC) will look to build on the momentum of a big road series win at Arkansas last weekend as the Tigers took two of three from the Razorbacks. Auburn should be well-rested after having the midweek off due to final exams.

Mississippi State (28-18, 11-10 SEC) is seeking a bounce-back weekend after dropping two of three at home to Texas A&M last week, along with falling to Jacksonville State in a midweek game Wednesday in Starkville.

Saturday's game will be televised by CSS with Matt Stewart and Joe Beckwith on the call. The broadcast will also be available online at ESPN3.com.

Rod Bramblett and Andy Burcham will be on the mic for the Auburn IMG Sports Network. The broadcast can be heard locally in Auburn on WGGZ 94.3 FM, and fans can access live audio and live stats at AuburnTigers.com. Fans can also follow @AUTigerBaseball on Twitter for inning-by-inning updates throughout the weekend.

Game Presented by Kinnucan's
Water Bottle Giveaway: First 500 fans receive a free collapsible water bottle courtesy of Kinnucan's
Chef's Corner: Southern fried chicken breast sandwich w/ spicy pepper jelly, lettuce/tomato, fried chips

Chef's Corner: Catfish po-boy w/ lettuce/tomato and remoulade, fried chips

Post-Game Autographs: Auburn players will sign autographs along left-field wall following the game
Kids Run the Bases: Kids 12 and under are invited to the field to run the bases following the game
Chef's Corner: Pot roast sandwich on a crusty roll with fried onion and gravy, fried chips

• Auburn is 73-88 all-time against Mississippi State, but 40-30 in games played in Auburn.
• The Tigers have won the last 4 home series against Mississippi State at Plainsman Park, dating back to 2008.
• Auburn did not commit an error in the three-game series at Arkansas, the Tigers' second error-free SEC series of the season (Tennessee).
• The Tigers are 5-2 in series-opening games in SEC play this year.
• Sophomore Jordan Ebert enters the week as the third-leading hitter in the Southeastern Conference (.364).
• Senior RHP Dillon Ortman is 8-2 going into the week, 5-1 in conference play; both marks tie for the most wins in the SEC.
• Freshman RHP Keegan Thompson has the SEC's fourth-best ERA (1.74) and third-lowest opposing batting average (.194).
• Auburn's weekend starting rotation has an ERA of 2.27, which ties for 11th-best in the nation.
• Auburn ranks third in the SEC with 68 stolen bases this year. Auburn is on pace for 84 steals in the regular season, which would rank seventh in school history for a single-season.
• If the season ended today, Auburn's team ERA of 2.86 would be the first season ERA under 3.00 since 1976 and the ninth-best in school history.

• Auburn is unranked.
• Mississippi State is ranked No. 23 by the NCBWA and USA Today Coaches' polls and No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball.

Auburn will host Bethune-Cookman for a midweek non-conference game on Tuesday, May 6, before making the final SEC road trip of the year to Kentucky next Friday-Sunday, May 9-11.