Auburn baseball closes out regular season with LSU

May 14, 2014





 

 

 2014 Auburn Baseball - Games 54-56
 Matchup  Auburn Tigers (28-25, 10-17) vs. LSU Tigers (37-14-1, 14-11-1)
 Schedule  Thursday, May 15 - 6 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Watch Live
 Friday, May 16 - 6 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Watch Live
 Saturday, May 17 - 1 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Listen Live
 Location  Plainsman Park | Seating Chart | Parking
 Tickets  Buy Tickets Online | Auburn Baseball Ticket Information 
 TV   Saturday: SportSouth | Watch Live - ESPN3.com
 (Dave Neal, Larry Conley)
 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
 Thursday  RHP Dillon Ortman (9-3, 2.01) vs. LHP Jared Poche' (7-3, 2.55)
 Friday  LHP Michael O'Neal (3-5, 2.82) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (8-1, 1.43)
 Saturday  TBA vs. TBA

AUBURN, Ala. --The Auburn Tigers wrap up the 2014 regular season at home this weekend with a three-game series against the LSU Tigers, which runs Thursday-Saturday at Plainsman Park. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Auburn (28-25, 10-17) is in need of at least one win - but more likely two - to have a chance at earning a berth in next week's SEC Tournament. The Tigers are a half-game back of Georgia and a game back of Tennessee and need to win and get some help to move out of 13th place in the league standings. The Tigers enter the weekend with momentum after a 6-5, walk-off win over UAB at home Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, LSU (37-14-1, 14-10-1) seeks an SEC West title and a first-round SEC Tournament bye, which the Tigers could earn with a series sweep and some help. LSU split two games with Alabama last weekend (Sunday's game was rained out) and comes into Auburn on the heels of a 27-0 win over Northwestern State on Tuesday night.

Nine Auburn seniors will play their final home games this weekend against LSU. The nine that will be honored before Saturday's regular-season finale are C Blake Austin, RHP Reid Carter, RHP Terrance Dedrick, IF Dan Glevenyak, LHP Michael O'Neal, RHP Dillon Ortman, OF Ryan Tella, IF Damek Tomscha and RHP Jay Wade.

SportSouth will carry Saturday's game with Dave Neal and Larry Conley on the call. The broadcast will also be available on ESPN3.com.

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, video and stats at AuburnTigers.com. Fans can also follow @AUTigerBaseball on Twitter for inning-by-inning updates throughout the game.

THURSDAY
Game Presented by Goodwill
Koozie Giveaway: First 500 fans receive a free koozie courtesy of Goodwill
Armed Forces Weekend: Buy 1 ticket, get 1 free with military ID for all active and retired military personnel.
Chef's Corner: Spicy shrimp boil with andouille sausage and corn on the cob over dirty rice

FRIDAY
Game presented by DRASH
Armed Forces Weekend: Buy 1 ticket, get 1 free with military ID for all active and retired military personnel.
Chef's Corner: Chicken, shrimp and sausage jambalaya

SATURDAY
SENIOR DAY
Game presented by Auburn University Bookstore
Chef's Corner: Gumbo bar with shrimp, chicken, sausage or crawfish tails; served with seasoned rice

• Auburn is 67-89 all-time against LSU, dating back to 1949.
• The Tigers have a 38-36 record against LSU in games played in Auburn.
• Auburn has won three of the last four series against LSU, but LSU swept a three-game set in Baton Rouge last year.
• Auburn is currently in 13th place in the overall SEC standings, a half-game behind Georgia and a full game behind Tennessee.
• Auburn needs to win at least once this weekend and get some help to earn a berth in next week's SEC Tournament.
• The Tigers must win one more game than Tennessee or Georgia to make it to Hoover. Tennessee faces Florida at home, and Georgia plays host to Kentucky.
• Auburn has broken the school record for batters hit by pitch in a single season; the 74th and 75th hit batters of the season came Tuesday vs. UAB.
Ryan Tella pitched 3.2 innings in relief at Kentucky on Sunday, striking out five hitters including three straight with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning. His 5 K's tied the most by an Auburn reliever this season.
Jordan Ebert enters the weekend with a .356 average, second-best in the SEC.
• This weekend marks the final home series at Plainsman Park for nine Auburn seniors.

• Auburn is unranked.
• LSU is ranked No. 8 by the NCBWA, 10th in the USA Today Coaches' poll, and 15th by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.