Auburn Secures Berth In SEC Tournament

Auburn was 4-1 on the week, including two wins over the Florida Gators, to wrap up a berth in the SEC Baseball Tournament.

Auburn, Ala.—The Auburn Tigers continued their late-season surge towards the postseason with a series win at Florida to wrap up a berth in the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover. Throw in a pair of midweek victories and the four wins improved Auburn's overall record to 31-20 with a 11-16 mark in SEC play.

Playing at Jacksonville State on Tuesday night to open the week, things looked bleak for the Tigers as they trailed 8-0 in the eighth inning to the Gamecocks, but Auburn scored 12 runs in the inning to secure the unlikely comeback win. Wednesday night a six-run inning propelled the Tigers to a win over Samford and set the stage for a big weekend in Gainesville.

Getting a strong start from Conner Kendrick and home runs from Ryan Tella and Jordan Ebert, Auburn won the Friday night game 7-4.

Things looked even better on Saturday as Michael O'Neal allowed just one run on five hits in eight and two/thirds innings as the Tigers held a 4-1 lead, but Josh Tobias blasted a three-run homer to tie the game for Florida and end O'Neal's night. Florida would add the winning run in the ninth to capture a win against a stunned Auburn team.

Instead of folding Auburn came back with another stellar performance on Sunday as pitchers Justin Camp, Chase Williamson and Terrance Dedrick allowed just one run. Offensively, Damek Tomscha gave Auburn its first lead and Tella added a three-run shot to put the game away for the Tigers.

Now Auburn will face Jacksonville State on Tuesday at Plainsman Park before playing host to Arkansas in the final SEC series of the regular season Thursday-Saturday at Plainsman Park. The Tigers as they are fighting for seeding in Hoover as well as trying to strengthen the resume for the NCAA Tournament.

Currently 28th in the country in RPI, Auburn likely needs to win the series against Arkansas to have a shot to earn a regional bid without winning the SEC Tournament.

Player Of The Week: This is a toss-up for a good week offensively for the Tigers as several players are worthy of the honor. Dan Glevenyak contributed a pair of three-run homers in one inning on Tuesday night and finished the week 6-20 with nine RBI. Cullen Wacker was 8-23 for the week, but was just 2-13 on the weekend. That puts one guy, freshman Jordan Ebert, as the top Tiger for the week. He was 11-19 at the plate in five games. Ebert scored five runs and added four RBI in addition to making several outstanding defensive plays at second base.

Pitcher Of The Week: Closer Terrance Dedrick again proved his worth by picking up a pair of saves over the weekend in the series win over Florida. In two appearances the junior pitched a total of four and one/third innings without allowing a hit and striking out five Gators' hitters.

By The Numbers:

Since starting the SEC season 0-6 with the losses coming to Vanderbilt and LSU, Auburn is 11-10 in SEC play with four series wins over Texas A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss and Florida.

SEC Standings

1. Vanderbilt 24-2, 45-6 (clinched bye in SEC Tournament)
2. LSU 21-6, 45-7 (clinched bye in SEC Tournament)
3. Arkansas 17-9, 34-17 (clinched bye in SEC Tournament)
4. South Carolina 16-10, 37-14
5. Ole Miss 14-13, 35-17
Mississippi State 14-13, 37-15
7. Alabama 13-13, 31-22-21
8. Florida 13-14, 28-25
9. Texas A&M 11-15, 27-24
10. Auburn 11-16, 31-20
11. Kentucky 10-17, 28-22
12. Missouri 8-19, 16-29
13. Tennessee 7-18, 20-28
14. Georgia 5-19, 18-31

This Week's Schedule

Arkansas at Auburn
Alabama at Vanderbilt
Texas A&M at Tennessee
Florida at Georgia
Kentucky at Missouri
Ole Miss at LSU
South Carolina at Mississippi State

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