Auburn baseball heads to Kentucky for SEC showdown

May 8, 2014





 

 2014 Auburn Baseball - Games 50-52
 Matchup  Auburn Tigers (26-23, 9-15) at Kentucky Wildcats (28-19, 10-14)
 Schedule  Friday, May 9 - 5:30 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Saturday, May 10 - 6 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Sunday, May 11 - Noon CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Location  Lexington, Ky. | Cliff Hagan Stadium
 Tickets  Buy Tickets Online
 TV   Saturday/Sunday: Fox Sports South
 (Dick Gabriel, Doug Flynn, Brian Milam)
 Radio  Auburn IMG Sports Network
 (Rod Bramblett, Andy Burcham)
 Local Broadcast: WGGZ 94.3 FM | Network Affiliates
 Online  Auburn Game Notes | Live Audio | Twitter: @AUTigerBaseball 
 Probable Starting Pitchers
 Friday  RHP Dillon Ortman (8-3, 2.07) vs. LHP A.J. Reed (8-2, 2.20)
 Saturday  RHP Keegan Thompson (5-3, 1.91) vs. RHP Chandler Shepherd (5-2, 3.55)
 Sunday  LHP Michael O'Neal (3-5, 3.66) vs. TBA

AUBURN, Ala. --The Auburn Tigers make their final road trip of the 2014 regular season as they head to Lexington, Kentucky, for a three-game Southeastern Conference series against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Game times are set for 5:30 p.m. CT Friday, 6 p.m. CT Saturday and noon CT Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium on the UK campus.

The Tigers (26-23, 9-15 SEC) enter the weekend in a precarious position, currently in 13th place in the overall SEC standings, one-half game behind Georgia for the final spot in the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament. Auburn bounced back with a 9-1 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night after being swept in a three-game series by Mississippi State last weekend.

Kentucky (28-19, 10-14 SEC) is also in need of some wins to solidify their spot in Hoover. The Wildcats dropped two out of three at Tennessee last weekend to fall into a tie for 10th place in the overall league standings.

Games on Saturday and Sunday will be televised by the UK IMG Network with Dick Gabriel, Doug Flynn and Brian Milam on the call. The broadcast will be available regionally on Fox Sports South.

Rod Bramblett and Andy Burcham will be on the mic for the radio broadcast on the Auburn IMG Sports Network, which can be heard locally in Auburn on WGGZ 94.3 FM. 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 game.

• Auburn is 74-40 all-time against Kentucky, dating back to 1956.
• The Tigers are 33-21 in games played in Lexington.
• Sophomore Jordan Ebert enters the week as the second-leading hitter in the Southeastern Conference (.363); he was 3-for-4 with 4 RBI in Tuesday's win over Bethune-Cookman.
• Freshman RHP Keegan Thompson has the SEC's sixth-best ERA (1.91) and fourth-lowest opposing batting average (.194).
• Senior RHP Dillon Ortman is seventh in the SEC with a 2.07 ERA and second in the league with 87.0 innings pitched. Ortman is tied for the league lead with 8 wins.
• This weekend's series provides a matchup between the two best in the SEC in on-base percentage - Kentucky's A.J. Reed (.486) and Auburn's Damek Tomscha (.463).
• Auburn has tied the school record for most times hit by pitch in a season with 73 HBP through 49 games.
• Auburn is tied for third in the SEC with 73 stolen bases this year. Auburn is on pace for 84 steals in the regular season.
• The Tigers have committed one error or fewer in each of their last 12 games (5 total errors).

Auburn hosts UAB next Tuesday, May 13, to kick off the final week of the regular season. The Tigers close out the 2014 campaign with a three-game series against LSU at home next Thursday-Saturday, May 15-17..