May 24, 2010
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#13 AUBURN TIGERS (39-17, 20-10 SEC)
THE 2010 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, May 26 vs. Alabama (9:30am)
Radio: Auburn Network / Sirius/XM Radio
Internet: www.auburntigers.com / www.SECSports.com / ESPN3.com
Pitching Matchup: So. LHP Cory Luckie (6-3, 6.17) vs. Jr. RHP Jimmy Nelson (7-2, 4.05)
SEC WEST CHAMPS
Auburn won its first SEC West title since 1995 with a 20-10 record ins SEC play. Auburn was a league-best 11-4 against SEC West opponents. Auburn's 20 SEC wins are a school record for a single season. Auburn's only other SEC West titles came in 1976, 1978 and 1980 while it won the SEC East in 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967 before moving to the West in `76.
AUBURN AND THE SEC TOURNAMENT
Auburn is playing in the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2003, ending a six-year hiatus from the league's postseason event. Auburn's six-year drought tied the longest in conference history under the current format, matching Vanderbilt's six-year string of futility from 1997-02.
Auburn's 39 wins is its most since the team was 42-21 in 2003 and the most in a regular season since the 2000 club was 40-16 at the end of the regular season. Auburn needs just one more win this season to break into the school's top 10 for wins in a year. The school record is 50 set in both 1997 and 1995.
The league's most potent offense, Auburn enters the SEC Tournament as the league leader in batting average (.354), slugging percentage (.597), on base percentage (.430), runs scored (527), hits (724), RBI (493), home runs (114) and total bases (1,221).
CROSSING THE PLATE
Jr. IF Hunter Morris is attempting to join a very elite group of players that have been named the SEC Freshman of the Year and the SEC Player of the Year during their careers. At the conclusion of the regular season, Morris lead the SEC in slugging percentage (.767), hits (94), home runs (20) and total bases (181), was second in runs scored (60), third in RBI (67) and fifth in batting average (.398).
In SEC-only games, Morris lead the league in slugging (.816), runs scored (34), triples (three) and home runs (12), was second in hits (51) and RBI (37) and was third in batting average (.408).
The only other player to win both awards in the confernece is Stephen Head of Ole Miss, who was the 2003 SEC Freshman of the Year and the 2004 SEC Co-Player of the Year.
Auburn finished the regular season as the SEC leader in runs scored with 527, 76 more than LSU's 451, which ranks second. However, only two of Auburn's players currently ranks in the SEC top 12 for runs scored (Jr. IF Hunter Morris
- 60 - tied for second; Jr. OF Brian Fletcher
- 57 - tied for eighth). Instead, Auburn has seven players that have scored at least 40 runs on the season and 11 that have scored at least 30.
JENKINS ON A TEAR
Sr. C Ryan Jenkins has been on a tear of late, hitting safely in 14 out of his last 16 games, including a 10-game hitting streak. Since April 20, Jenkins is hitting .500 (32-for-64), collecting 12 multi-hit games. During the 16 games he has scored at least one run in all but two games and has driven in 22 RBI. Nine of his 12 doubles and five of his six home runs on the year have come during the 14 games. Jenkins average was .277 going into the game on April 20 at Troy and now stands at .374. Jenkins came into the year with a .256 batting average with just nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and 28 RBI over his three-year career.
FIVE STRAIGHT TO END THE YEAR
Auburn won five straight SEC series to end the year with a 20-10 league mark. Both of the road series in that string were at top-20 teams (No. 7 Arkansas, No. 17 Ole Miss) and two of them were sweeps (Mississippi State, at Ole Miss).
THE 114 MILE TRIP TO HOOVER
Auburn has secured its first SEC Tournament berth since the 2003 season, a span of six straight seasons without playing in the league tournament. Since Auburn last made the league tournament, every team in the league has gone at least twice and two teams (Ole Miss and South Carolina) have been to all six. Auburn did finish in a three-way tie for eighth in the 2005 season but lost out on the three-way tiebreaker with Arkansas and Vanderbilt.