Auburn, Ala.—Winning two of three over the weekend at the Auburn Baseball Tournament, Coach John Pawlowski’s Tigers are off the first 6-1 start for the program since the 2007 season following wins over College of Charleston and Indiana State.
Dropping the opener on Saturday 2-1 to Middle Tennessee State despite a fantastic pitching performance from starter Daniel Koger, the Tigers responded with a 5-1 win against Pawlowski’s former club in the second game on Saturday. Finishing off the weekend Auburn defeated Indiana State 6-5 as the bullpen duo of Justin Camp and Conner Kendrick combined to allow just one hit and no runs in the final seven and one/third innings.
“We had our opportunities in game one when we lost 2-1,” Pawlowski said. “Hopefully our club can learn from that. It was the first time we’ve faced adversity. We stumbled a little bit, but came back with two solid wins against College of Charleston and Indiana State. It was two very good wins for us.”
Offensive Player of the Week:
Ryan Tella had a big weekend for the Tigers as he finished the three games 5-12 at the plate with six RBI. For the season the junior center fielder is hitting .385 with 12 runs batted in.
Pitcher of the Week:
There are several candidates this week, but game two starter Michael O'Neal was outstanding as he allowed just four hits and no earned runs in six innings as he picked up his second win of the year in the victory over College of Charleston. Running a close second was redshirt freshman reliever Justin Camp after allowing just one hit in four innings of relief on Sunday.
Stat of the Week:
In seven games this season Auburn’s bullpen has 28 1/3 innings pitched and has allowed just four earned runs and 15 hits.
Auburn will face Kennesaw State Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Plainsman Park before a three-game series over the weekend against Eastern Illinois. Kennesaw State swept Jacksonville State and had a win over Georgia last week before being swept at home by Radford. Eastern Illinois is 2-5 on the season with wins over Jackson State and Alcorn State.
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