SEC Baseball Week 1 Recap

Ryan Tella

Auburn won two of three at #12 Ole Miss to open Southeastern Conference baseball action.

Auburn, Ala.—It was a huge opening weekend for the Auburn Tigers in Southeastern Conference play as Coach John Pawlowski's club went on the road to take the series from 12th-ranked Ole Miss. Behind strong pitching and some clutch hitting the Tigers were able to win their second consecutive series in 2012 after beating Belmont last weekend in Auburn.

The key to Auburn's series win came on the mound as the Tigers allowed just eight earned runs and 19 hits in 26 innings against the Rebels for a team ERA of 2.76. At the plate Auburn hit just .242 (24-99) on the weekend in the three games.

On Deck: South Alabama (Tuesday), LSU (weekend series at Plainsman Park)

"We always talk about what are you going to do next," Pawlowski said. "This team will learn from the weekend and that type of environment and the things they can do to correct. We've got to get ready for Tuesday. There is a lot of baseball to play this week. I'm proud of our guys and what they did this weekend. We had our chances on Friday night too, but they kept being very persistent. They didn't get discouraged. They were disappointed in the performance Friday night, but they kept battling and good things happened."

Offensive Player of The Week: Ryan Tella

A junior college transfer that has flourished since moving to the three-spot in the Auburn lineup, Tella was 7-12 against Ole Miss for the weekend. That included three hit games on both Friday and Saturday. For the season Tella is batting .438 and has an on-base percentage of .552.

Pitcher of The Week: Slade Smith/Cory Luckie

A starter to open the 2012 season, Smith has made the most of his move to the bullpen. Against Ole Miss on Saturday the junior pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just four hits to pick up his second save of the season. Not to be outdone, Luckie continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery as he pitched three and one/third innings in two appearances against Ole Miss. Picking up the win Sunday, Luckie didn't allow a hit in his two outings and gives Auburn a veteran left-hander out of the bullpen.

Around The SEC

Kentucky continues to be the surprise in the SEC as the Wildcats swept two-time defending national champion South Carolina at home to remain undefeated. The nation's top team, Florida swept struggling Vanderbilt and has lost just once this season.

On the flip side Vanderbilt continues to flounder as the Commodores were swept to fall to 7-13 on the season. In the West, Alabama was swept on the road at Arkansas and is just 8-12 in 2012.

Friday's Results:

Ole Miss 2, Auburn 1
Kentucky 4, South Carolina 3
Florida 10, Vanderbilt 2
Georgia 4, Tennessee 0
LSU 3, Mississippi State 2
Arkansas 4, Alabama 3

Saturday's Results:

Auburn 10, Ole Miss 4
Florida 5, Vanderbilt 1
Kentucky 4, South Carolina 3
Georgia 10, Tennessee 5
Arkansas 8, Alabama 4
LSU 4, Mississippi State 3

Sunday's Results:

Auburn 3, Ole Miss 2
Florida 8, Vanderbilt 2
Arkansas 7, Alabama 4
Mississippi State 7, LSU 1
Tennessee 3, Georgia 0
Kentucky 6, South Carolina 3

SEC Standings

Western Division
Arkansas 19-2 3-0
Auburn 12-8 2-1
LSU 16-4 2-1
Ole Miss 15-5 1-2
Mississippi State 15-7 1-2
Alabama 8-12 0-3

Eastern Division
Florida 19-1 3-0
Kentucky 21-0 3-0
Georgia 15-6 2-1
Tennessee 11-8 1-2
South Carolina 15-4 0-3
Vanderbilt 7-13 0-3

SEC Week Two Schedule

LSU at Auburn
Florida at South Carolina (Thursday-Saturday)
Kentucky at Tennessee
Ole Miss at Alabama
Arkansas at Mississippi State
Georgia at Vanderbilt

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