Sept. 20, 2011
Coming off of a second straight SEC Tournament appearance, the Auburn baseball team, under the direction of head coach John Pawlowski, will begin fall team practices on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3pm at Plainsman Park. The team practices will run until Nov. 3 and are open to the public.
Practice begins at 3pm on Wednesday and the team is scheduled to scrimmage Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.
Auburn saw six players (three juniors) get drafted off of last year's team with only right-handed pitcher Derek Varnadore returning out of the group. The roster this year has 17 newcomers on it and returns just 128 starts from its 10 returning position players, 55 of which were made by senior outfielder Creede Simpson.
The pitching staff, which returns nine players from last season, has 398 1/3 of the 518 innings it threw last season back for 2012. Leading the way is Varnadore, who threw a team-high 88 innings last year and led the staff in wins (six), ERA (3.68) and strike outs (74).
Pawlowski is beginning his fourth season at Auburn and has guided the program to a SEC Western Division Championship, back-to-back appearances in the SEC Tournament and a 103-75 (.579) overall record. The program's SEC 34 wins over the last two seasons are the most over a two-year period for the program since it won 35 in 1999 and 2000, coach Hal Baird's final two seasons at Auburn.
Auburn's spring season begins on Friday, Feb. 17 when it plays host to Missouri for a three-game series.
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