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Looking Back At The Week On The Diamond For Auburn Baseball

Auburn finished the week 2-2 after playing ranked Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.

Josh Palacios (above) is off to an impressive start this season.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn offense held up its end of the bargain for the Tigers this week, scoring 41 runs in four games against ranked foes Georgia Tech and Texas A&M, but that was only good enough to win twice as the pitching staff struggled against the Aggies in the SEC opening weekend.

With Alabama State coming up Tuesday night and a road trip to Arkansas on the weekend, Coach Butch Thompson’s team will need the offense to keep rolling with what will be a very determined Razorback squad waiting after being swept at South Carolina over the weekend.

Besides the Gamecocks, the story of the opening weekend was a pair of SEC West teams going on the road and winning huge series as Alabama went to LSU and won two out of three while Mississippi State did the same at Vanderbilt. Although it wasn’t as easy as expected, Florida swept Missouri in Gainesville to keep its stranglehold on the nation’s top spot.

 

Offensive Player Of The Week

There are lots of options for this considering how well Auburn swung the bat, but it’s tough to go against Josh Palacios. The junior college transfer has been big part of things for the Tigers in left field this season and his week was one of the best for a player in recent memory. Hitting safely in all four games, Palacios was 11-19 with five RBI and six runs scored this week.

Not far behind was Daniel Robert. Coming out of his slump, Robert was 9-19 with five runs batted in and five runs scored in four games to have his coming out party for the 2016 season. Also in the mix was Niko Buentello with his 8-17 week with six runs batted in and seven runs scored.

 

Pitcher Of The Week

This is an easy call as junior college Gabe Klobosits came up huge in Auburn’s win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Entering the game with the Tigers needing some big help in the mound, the Katy, Tex. native allowed just one run in seven innings against the Aggies while giving up five hits and striking out eight. Since moving to the bullpen he’s pitched 11 ? innings and allowed just one run while striking out 13.

 

Last Week’s Results

March 15 – at No. 22 Georgia Tech (W, 14-3)

March 18 – vs. No. 2 Texas A&M (L, 12-8)

March 19 – vs. No. 2 Texas A&M (W, 9-7)

March 20 – vs. No. 2 Texas A&M (L, 12-10)

 

SEC Standings Week 1

Western Division

Ole Miss  2-1  19-2

Texas A&M  2-1  17-2

Mississippi State  2-1  14-6

Alabama  2-1  13-6

LSU  1-2  14-5

Auburn  1-2  10-10

Arkansas  0-3  15-6

 

Eastern Division

Florida  3-0  21-1

South Carolina  3-0  20-2

Kentucky  2-1  14-5

Vanderbilt  1-2  17-3

Georgia  1-2  14-7

Tennessee  1-2  12-7

Missouri  0-3  13-9

 

SEC Schedule Week 2

Auburn at Arkansas

Florida at Kentucky

Vanderbilt at Missouri

South Carolina at Ole Miss

Georgia at Mississippi State

Tennessee at Alabama

LSU at Texas A&M


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