Jon Luke Jacobs is one of only three Auburn pitchers to have previously faced Florida
May 16, 2012
The Auburn baseball team closes out the 2012 regular season this weekend at Plainsman Park when it plays host to No. 2 Florida. Game times for the series are 6pm on both Thursday and Friday and 1pm on Saturday.
Thursday's game includes a Student Tailgate on the Tiger Terrace. All Auburn University students, with a valid Auburn Ignited Card or Auburn Student ID, may bring a cooler with food and drink as well as lawn chairs to tailgate on the Tiger Terrace. (No alcohol. No glass containers allowed and all beverages must be in cups. No tents). Entrance into the Tiger Terrace is through the gate located by the parking deck down the left field line.
THURSDAY, MAY 17 6PM CT PLAINSMAN PARK WKKR-FM 97.7 AUBURNTIGERS.COM LIVE AUDIO & VIDEO
RHP Hudson Randall (6-1, 3.29) vs. RHP Jon Luke Jacobs (5-2, 3.10)
FRIDAY, MAY 18 6PM CT PLAINSMAN PARK WKKR-FM 97.7 AUBURNTIGERS.COM LIVE AUDIO & VIDEO
LHP Brian Johnson (5-4, 4.29) vs. LHP Daniel Koger (3-4, 2.76)
SATURDAY, MAY 19 1PM CT PLAINSMAN PARK WKKR-FM 97.7 AUBURNTIGERS.COM LIVE AUDIO & VIDEO
RHP Karsten Whitson (3-0, 3.33) vs. TBA
Auburn goes into the series 29-24, 12-15 SEC and has already clinched a spot in next week's SEC Tournament at Regions Park at Hoover, Ala. Auburn currently holds the 10th seed in the tournament but could move up to as high as the sixth seed depending on the outcomes in four of the five other series.
Florida is 38-15, 16-11 SEC and ranked in the top five in all of the major baseball polls. It is currently third in the SEC East but is still in position to win the division and overall titles pending the outcomes of the LSU at South Carolina and Kentucky at Mississippi State series.
The meeting between the two teams is the first since the 2009 season as the two teams rotated off of each other's schedule for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Fans that cannot attend any of the games but already hold tickets are encouraged to share or donate their tickets at AUBtix.com.
AUBURN ALL-TIME VS. FLORIDA
Auburn and Florida have not met on the baseball diamond since the 2009 season at the two teams rotated off of each other's schedule for the 2010 and 2011 seasons ... Auburn trails in the all-time series, 89-76, and has lost three straight series, going 1-8 in those series ... Auburn's last series win was in 2006 at Gainesville and its last series win at Plainsman Park was in 2003 ... Auburn leads the all-time series at home, 43-30.
FLORIDA (UF leads, 89-76)
at Auburn: AU leads, 43-30
at Gainesville: UF leads, 54-32
at Neutral Sites: UF leads, 5-1
SEC Tournament: UF leads, 5-2
Extra Innings: AU leads, 4-1
Jon Luke Jacobs has faced Florida once before, starting the Saturday game of the 2009 series, which Auburn lost 24-2 ... Jacobs allowed five runs on six hits in five innings, walking three and striking out one ... Jacobs left with Auburn down 5-2 after allowing two runs in the sixth before Florida went on to score five more runs in the inning and nine in the seventh (only two of which were earned).
Caleb Bowen is the only current Auburn player to have an at bat against Florida, making one plate appearance in 2009 and striking out.
Cory Luckie started the Sunday game at Florida in 2008 for his only career appearance against the Gators ... He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings as Auburn lost 6-2.
Zach Blatt is the only other current Auburn player to have seen game action against Florida, allowing nine runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings of the 24-2 loss in 2009.
WHERE WE STAND IN THE SEC
Auburn enters the final weekend of SEC play 10th in the SEC and has already clinched a third straight SEC Tournament berth ... Auburn can finish as high as sixth depending on how the final weekend shakes out.
HOOVER BOUND FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
Auburn clinched a third straight SEC Tournament berth with its series win at Arkansas over the weekend and Tennessee and Alabama's series losses ... Auburn is going to a third consecutive SEC Tournament for the first time since it went to seven straight from 1997-2003.
Auburn has gone 21-11 (.656) at home this season but is just 7-13 (.350) on the road ... The offense has hit .338 inside Plainsman Park, scoring 240 runs (7.5 runs per game) with 113 extra-base hits (76 doubles, 17 triples, 20 home runs) while the pitching staff has a 2.95 ERA in 287 innings, striking out 196 (6.13 K/9) ... When Auburn hits the road those numbers change to a .285 team batting average and 4.5 runs per game while the pitching staff has a 5.12 ERA, averaging just 4.50 strike outs per game.
I HAVE THE NEED, THE NEED FOR SPEED
Auburn has stolen a SEC-best 104 bases (in 139 tries, 75 percent) and has had five players reach 10-or-more steals for the first time since the 2001 season ... Auburn's total, which is led by Jay Gonzalez' SEC-best 27, is the third-most in school history, one behind the 2007 team total of 105 and 12 behind the school record of 166 done in 1974 ... Gonzalez' 27 are tied for fifth with Mailon Kent (2000) for a single season.
THE MATH DOESN'T ADD UP
Auburn is the top hitting (.305), slugging (.435) and on base percentage (.374) team in SEC games and is second in runs scored (146) but is three games under .500 on the year at 12-15 despite a staff ERA that is seventh (4.14) ... Auburn has allowed six fewer runs (140) in league games than it has scored.
THE PLUS/MINUS OF IT
Auburn has played 10 one-run games in SEC play, going 4-6 in those contests and is 0-2 in two-run games but yet 6-3 in games decided by five-or-more runs ... In Auburn's 12 wins, it is plus-53 in runs scored while in its 12 losses it is minus-47 in runs scored.
DONE IN BY ERRORS
Auburn is 12th in the SEC in fielding percentage in both all games (.961) and SEC-only (.961) games, having committed 81 total errors, 42 of which have come in SEC play ... Of the 243 runs Auburn has allowed this year, 48 of them (20 percent) have been unearned, which is tied with Mississippi State for the most in the league ... In league play, Auburn has surrendered 30 unearned runs (out of 140, 21 percent), most of any team.
Patrick Savage has made the most of his opportunites in May, going on a five-game hitting streak to start the month and hitting a home run in three straight games (May 11-14) ... Since the start of the month he is 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles, the three home runs, five runs scored and nine RBI ... Prior to that he was 7-for-33 (.212) with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI.
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