No. 18 Tigers Face Jags In Mid-Week Tilt

Auburn's John Pawlowski

Auburn is ranked as high as 18 in this week's college baseball polls.

Auburn, Ala.--Fresh off a sweep of Mississippi State over the weekend, the Auburn Tigers (33-15) find themselves in the thick of the race for the SEC Western Division title and also ranked in all three major polls heading into Tuesday night's game at South Alabama.

Winners of 16 of its last 21 games and five in a row, Auburn is currently 18th in Baseball America as well as Collegiate Baseball and the Tigers make their first appearance in the USA Today Coach's Poll at number 21.

This weekend the Tigers take on a Tennessee team that has been just as hot. The Vols swept Georgia in Athens last weekend for the ninth win in 10 games. Included in that streak are series wins over Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

While Auburn's chances for the postseason SEC Tournament as well as an NCAA Regional bid look good, coach John Pawlowski said at the moment he and his team are just focusing on the task at hand and that is one game at a time on the way to Hoover.

"We're trying to take care of business," Pawlowski said. "Our goal is to get to the SEC Tournament. I told our guys that's our number one priority, find a way to get into the SEC Tournament. That remains our number one objective."

First up for Auburn is a South Alabama team looking to build some momentum for a late season push. Currently 29-20, the Jaguars are 16-8 in Sun Belt Conference action and will likely need to win the conference to secure a postseason bid in 2010. South Alabama is hitting .323 as a team, but allowing opponents an average of .318. Auburn defeated the Jaguars 6-2 earlier in the year at Plainsman Park.

The Tigers will send sophomore Dexter Price to the mound looking for his fourth win of the year. He is currently 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA in four starts this season.

Auburn and South Alabama will tangle on Tuesday in Mobile. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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