Currently 10-7 on the season, Auburn had a great chance to earn a sweep over Belmont on Sunday behind the pitching of freshman Daniel Koger. It didn't happen however as the Tigers struggled getting runs across the plate, hitting into three inning-ending double plays, two coming with the bases loaded.
This weekend continued a disturbing trend for an Auburn team that depends on small ball to score runs. In three games against Belmont the Tigers had 32 hits, but managed to score just 10 runs. One of the reasons for that is a lack of running, something that has been the case in close games this season.
In Friday's game the Tigers built a lead and held on for the win and in the process had four stolen bases. For the season Auburn has 50 stolen bases, but 25 of those have come in just five games. In the remaining 12 games the Tigers have 25 stolen bases, many of which were close games. Without a bona fide power threat at the plate Auburn will have to continue to be aggressive no matter the score or risk coming up short many more times down the stretch.
Offensive Player of the Week: Sophomore shortstop Dan Glevenyak was 7-14 in four games with three RBI and three runs scored. He continues to be a solid contributor in his first season for the Tigers. Also showing out was fellow junior college transfer Ryan Tella. Tella was 7-14 as well with two RBI.
Pitcher of the Week: Freshman Daniel Koger allowed just two runs on five hits in eight and one/third innings in a loss on Sunday. The left-hander struck out seven and controlled the strike zone from start to finish. Junior Slade Smith was a strong contender as well, coming out of the bullpen to secure a win on Saturday by allowing just two hits and no runs in three and one/third innings.
Around the league the Florida Gators continue to perform well, sweeping Florida Gulf Coast over the weekend in Gainesville. The hottest team continues to be the Kentucky Wildcats however. Over the weekend they swept Canisius to improve to 16-0 on the season.
On the flip side is the Georgia Bulldogs. Ranked ninth in the country going into last weekend, they were swept at home by #16 UCLA. Also struggling are the Vanderbilt Commodores. Losing two of three to San Diego, Vanderbilt is just 5-10 on the season after being ranked in the Top 20 in the preseason.
SEC Schedule Week 1
Auburn (10-7) at Ole Miss (13-2)
Alabama (6-9) at Arkansas (13-2)
Tennessee (10-5) at Georgia (11-5)
Vanderbilt (5-10) at Florida (15-1)
South Carolina (13-1) at Kentucky (16-0)
Mississippi State (14-3) at LSU (13-3)