Do Or Die Time For Auburn Baseball Heading Into Final Weekend

Auburn finds itself in a must-win situation following back-to-back sweeps the last two weekends.

Auburn, Ala.--It has come down to the final games for the Auburn baseball Tigers regarding their status as a potential NCAA Tournament team for the 2017 season.

After a series sweep at LSU, the second-straight in SEC play, Coach Butch Thompson’s club has now lost seven consecutive games as the Tigers head into the final regular season series of the year at home against Ole Miss.

Still in seventh in the SEC standings at 14-13, Auburn takes on an Ole Miss team this weekend that won two of three from Texas A&M over the weekend to keep its NCAA Regional hopes alive. With an RPI that has taken a nosedive the last two weeks, down to 45 from 19, the Tigers have no choice but to turn things around if they want to play in an NCAA regional and it will have to start at the plate.

Scoring just four runs in three games against LSU, Auburn’s offense has hit the skids with shortstop Luke Jarvis out for the better part of three weeks and Daniel Robert also dealing with a sore elbow.

Without them in the lineup Auburn has struggled to produce runs in bunches, which has been the hallmark of this year’s team. One of the reasons why is a lack of production outside of a select few players, namely Jonah Todd.

Hitting .259 as a team in SEC play, Auburn’s numbers including Todd skews the results in a big way. With 41 hits in 102 at-bats this season against conference foes, Todd is batting .402 in the 27 league games. Taking Todd’s numbers out of the equation, Auburn’s team batting average falls to just .241 in SEC games.

Making things even more difficult in recent weeks has been the loss of Jarvis from the middle of the batting order. Second on Auburn’s team in SEC play with a .284 average, his three home runs are still second on the team behind Dylan Ingram’s six.

His injury has forced Will Holland into the lineup, a shortstop who has the potential to be a star player for the Tigers, but is currently struggling in an everyday role. Batting just .148 against conference foes, Holland has also committed five errors with four coming in the last two series.


SEC Standings Week 9:

Florida 19-8,  38-14

Kentucky 18-9,  36-16

LSU 18-9,  35-17

Miss. State,17-10,  33-19

Arkansas  16-10,  37-14

Texas A&M 15-12,  35-17

Auburn 14-13,  33-21

Vanderbilt,  13-13,  30-21

Ole Miss, 13-14,  31-21

South Carolina, 12-15,  30-21

Missouri 11-16,  31-21

Georgia 9-18,  22-30

Tennessee 7-18,  26-22

Alabama 5-22,  19-32


Thursday’s Scores:

LSU 4, Auburn 0

 Friday’s Scores:

LSU 5, Auburn 3

Miss. State 9, Georgia 3

Kentucky 15, Tennessee 5

Florida 2, Alabama 1

Arkansas 4, Vanderbilt 3

South Carolina 4, Missouri 3

Texas A&M 12, Ole Miss 5

Saturday’s Scores:

LSU 9, Auburn 1

Kentucky 8, Tennessee 3

Missouri 5, South Carolina 3

Georgia 4, Miss. State 1

Vanderbilt 6, Arkansas 2

Florida 13, Alabama 6

Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4


Sunday’s Scores:

Georgia 4, Miss. State 1

Kentucky 7, Tennessee 2

Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3

Arkansas 7, Vanderbilt 1

Missouri 5, South Carolina 1

Florida 10, Alabama 5


Week 10 SEC Schedule (All games Thursday-Saturday):

Ole Miss at Auburn

LSU at Miss. State

Kentucky at Florida

Arkansas at Texas A&M

Alabama at Vanderbilt

Missouri at Tennessee

Georgia at South Carolina

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