Tigers Move Into Top 25 Following Series Win

Sunny Golloway

Auburn won its fifth consecutive SEC series dating back to last season when the Tigers won two of three at Tennessee over the weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--On the strength of outstanding pitching performances from starters Dillon Ortman and Keegan Thompson, the Auburn Tigers took two of three from Tennessee over the weekend and went 4-1 for the week following a pair of mid-week wins over Coppin State. Now 17-8 overall and 4-2 in SEC play, the Tigers moved into the Baseball America poll at No. 21 this week and secured the No. 24 spot in the Perfect Game poll in the first season under Coach Sunny Golloway.

With the series victory it makes five in a row for Auburn dating back to last season. That is currently the longest streak in the league following Mississippi State's win over Vanderbilt in Starkville. Auburn leads the league in batting average in SEC games, hitting .310 as a team. The Tigers also have a league-best .987 fielding percentage in conference games this season.

This week Auburn will face off against Kennesaw State for a Tuesday night contest in Plainsman Park before Missouri comes to town for a three-game series beginning Thursday night. The Thursday night game will be shown on ESPNU and is scheduled for a 6: 30 p.m. start.

Player of the Week:

This was a tough call as several offensive players had a big week, but none better than senior catcher Blake Austin. Going 6-14 in four games, Austin had seven big RBI and five runs scored for the Tigers. Five of his RBI came on two swings of the bat against Tennessee, including a huge two-run double in the first inning of Friday night's win. Ryan Tella was a close second to Austin, going 8-19 with two RBI and five runs scored.

Newcomer of the Week:

Keegan Thompson could be up for this award once again following an impressive outing in a win over Tennessee on Saturday, but freshman shortstop Damon Haecker had a big week for the Tigers and appears to be finding his bat at just the right time. Going 7-16 for the week, Haecker had five runs batted in and also scored a pair of runs for the Tigers.

Friday Scores

Auburn 3, Tennessee 2
Alabama 17, Arkansas 9
Ole Miss 4, Missouri 3
Kentucky 13, South Carolina 5
Florida 5, Texas A&M 3
LSU 4, Georgia 0
Mississippi State 17, Vanderbilt 2

Saturday Scores

Auburn 4, Tennessee 2
Arkansas 2, Alabama 1
Ole Miss 7, Missouri 1
Kentucky 2, South Carolina 1
Texas A&M 5, Florida 4
LSU 2, Georgia 1
Mississippi State 6, Vanderbilt 3
Sunday Scores

Tennessee 8, Auburn 6
Arkansas 1, Alabama 0
Ole Miss 8, Missouri 3
South Carolina 8, Kentucky 3
Vanderbilt 5, Mississippi State 1
Texas A&M4, Florida 3 (11)
LSU 2, Georgia 2 (13)

SEC Standings

Western Division

Miss. State17-94-2
Ole Miss21-44-2
Texas A&M17-83-3
Arkansas  13-83-3

Eastern Division

South Carolina19-33-3
Missouri  11-121-5

Week Three SEC Schedule

Missouri at Auburn (Thurs.-Sat.)
Texas A&M at Georgia
Arkansas at Mississippi State
Kentucky at Vanderbilt
LSU at Florida
Ole Miss at Alabama
Tennessee at South Carolina

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