BUTCH THOMPSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Continuing To Build Pitching Depth Essential for the Auburn Baseball Tigers

Auburn baseball cooach Butch Thompson talks about the importance of building pitching depth for the Tigers this season.

Auburn, Ala.--Through two weeks the Auburn Tigers stand at 7-1 overall following a sweep of Holy Cross over the weekend, the best record to start a season for the program since 2007. The sweep was also the first since late in the 2015 season.

That is something that is important in the continued development of the program, Coach Butch Thompson said. With all of the positives that come off winning, he said Sunday’s game showed him there is still work to be done.

“I thought it was a game where I have to go back and talk to our team about some things we have to get better at,” Thompson said. “I thought we were exposed in a lot of areas of the ball game, if I’m playing coach for a minute, to where we have to get better at this moving forward. I am thankful for a sweep. A sweep is special, especially in front of our home crowd.”

The strength of the team to this point has been the pitching with a team earned run average of just 2.62, but for the most part that has been on the strength of just a handful of pitchers, especially the trio of Keegan Thompson, Casey Mize and Cole Lipscomb.

COLE LIPSCOMB (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Cole Lipscomb is of to a strong start this season.

Combining for 33 ? innings this season, the group has yet to allow a run while striking out 34 batters and walking just four. Allowing just 13 total hits, they have controlled things when they have been on the mound.

While freshman Davis Daniel and relievers Corey Herndon and Andrew Mitchell have been solid as well, Thompson said the goal moving forward is to build more depth in the pitching staff to be able to withstand the grind of SEC play.

“We’ll get (Daniel) Sprinkle and (Corey) Herndon back for Tuesday,” Thompson said. “We’ve really used Andrew Mitchell and Cole Lipscomb a ton. We need to get them freshened up for the Friday series.

“We’ve got to keep working. A couple of these guys have got to make a step or two forward or we’ll be exposed.”

Auburn returns to action this week with a Tuesday game against Samford at 3 p.m. at Plainsman Park. This coming weekend the Tigers face Lipscomb in a three-game series at home.

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