Tigers Looking To Get Back On Track

Auburn is looking to rebound from a 1-3 week when the Tigers take on Alabama A&M Tuesday at Plainsman Park.

Auburn, Ala.--Looking to get back on the winning track following a 1-3 week, with the only win coming against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Auburn Tigers (3-4) will take a look at a new starting pitcher for Tuesday afternoon's game against Alabama A&M as true freshman Kevin Davis will get the start for Coach Sunny Golloway's club.

Sitting out much of the fall and the preseason after throwing nearly 170 combined innings in high school, summer ball and for Team USA, Davis is a player that Golloway has been waiting to get a look at since he arrived on campus. A highly-rated prospect coming out of T.R. Miller High, Davis is likely on a very short leash in his first career outing for the Tigers.

Auburn will face an Alabama A&M team that enters with a 3-7 record. The Bulldogs should be just the opponent to help the Tigers build some confidence on offense after yet another week of struggles at the plate. For the season Auburn has scored just 16 total runs in seven games with seven of those coming in a win over Connecticut.

To show you just how bad Auburn's offense has been so far this season all you have to do is look at the numbers. Seniors Blake Austin and Dan Glevenyak lead the way for the Tigers at the plate with averages of .263 and .261 respectively. Through seven games Auburn is hitting just .208 as a team with only six extra-base hits in 212 at-bats.

Hitting .250 with a team-high three stolen bases, senior center fielder Ryan Tella is a player Golloway is counting on to get the offense going. With the ability to take the game over he's expecting big things from the speedy outfielder as well as his team moving forward.

"He's a really talented guy," Golloway said of Tella. "He's got a chance to put us on his shoulders and go. We'll be a work in progress. We'll get it fixed. It'll take a lot of hard work. It'll take a lot of sleepless nights. We play a long, 56-game schedule. Thank God we're not in conference play having the woes that we are now. We'll get it figured out. How good do we have a chance to be? That remains to be seen.

"That's the beauty of baseball — you could be undefeated right now and really concerned about getting into conference play or be where we are right now and know that you can still win a national championship. Baseball is set up different than football and thank God that it is."

Tuesday's game is a "Two-for-One Tuesday" – fans can buy one ticket and get one free at the Plainsman Park ticket booth. Auburn players will also sign autographs following the game along the left-field wall. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Plainsman Park.

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