Jordan Ebert wants to keep Auburn on the run at South Carolina
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jordan Ebert hopes Auburn's hot streak will carry it to the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Auburn, winners of six straight, opens a three-game series at South Carolina on Friday night with designs on improving its Top 20 RPI while showing it is a team that can compete in the NCAA Tournament.
"For a team to believe, especially a young team like this, it speaks wonders," said Ebert, a junior. "I think our expectations for ourselves are a little bit higher than they've ever been since I've been here. Our hopes aren't getting into the SEC Tournament, but we want to host a regional and we want to go to Omaha. A lot of people were laughing when we had it on our back, but it was the ultimate goal. I'm glad we're giving the Auburn faithful a chance."
Auburn has battled back from its 1-5 SEC start to take a 30-16 overall record and 10-11 SEC mark to South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 26-19 overall and 9-12 in the league.
The series stats at 6 p.m. Friday with Cole Lipscomb (6-1, 2.24 ERA) pitching for Auburn. Rocky McCord (4-3, 3.58 ERA) will pitch the second game that begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the SEC Network. The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday with Dalton Rentz (3-1, 2.51 ERA) pitching for Auburn on ESPNU.
The pitching staff has been in shutdown mode during the six-game winning streak, sporting an 0.83 ERA.
Auburn will continue to try to impress against South Carolina, against Alabama next week at home and against Florida to close out the regular season the following week. The Tigers' RPI suggests Auburn should be getting consideration in the national polls, but Auburn coach Sunny Golloway says he's happy enough for the Tigers to quietly build their resume'.
"No one is talking about it. I said, 'That's a good thing. Let's not talk about it. Let's just go play,'" he said.
"I think our guys wouldn't shy away from the fact that this is maybe a must-win for us. We're going to go there, and turn around and have our arch-rival series. You don't want to stumble into that."
Charles Goldbeg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine