The Tigers enter the non-conference contest with a record of 21-9 overall while UAB is 14-13 and has lost eight of its last nine games.
Coming off a weekend in which they played tooth-and-nail with the second-ranked LSU before losing two out of three games, the Tigers will be looking to get the offense in gear when the struggling Blazers roll into town. Hitting .271 as a team this season, Auburn has an average of just .247 in SEC games.
Already once this season Auburn has used a good offensive output against UAB to play well over the weekend in SEC play. Two weeks ago the Tigers traveled to Birmingham and defeated the Blazers 13-6 as Josh Sullivan, Derek Sain and Kyle Mayo all hit home runs in the game. Auburn followed up with two wins on the road at Tennessee later in the week.
Center fielder Clete Thomas continues to lead the Tigers at the plate with a .354 average, 40 hits, 27 runs, three triples and a perfect 17-17 in stolen bases. Thomas also has one home run and 20 runs batted in. Right fielder J.T. Williamson has solidified his position with a strong run in recent games. Williamson is hitting .333 with 15 hits in 45 at-bats this season.
Sain is quickly becoming a solid fill-in for Karl Amonite at first base for the Tigers. He leads the team in hitting in SEC play with a .387 average and has also done a good job defensively at first. Pitcher/designated hitter Josh Bell leads Auburn with nine home runs and 29 runs batted in. He also leads the team with a 1.19 ERA in six appearances on the mound.
Auburn is expected to send either Chris Dennis or Jared Shore to the mound against UAB on Tuesday to get more work from the young duo. Both should see action as well as Grant Cardwell, John Madden, Mike Nix and possibly Colby Paxton. This season Dennis is 1-0 with a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings pitched. Shore is 0-0 with a 7.98 earned run average.
The first pitch Tuesday night is set for 6 p.m. on a night that has become an annual event for Auburn baseball fans when hot dogs are 25 cents all game long at concession stands inside Plainsman Park. All youth presenting a cap or glove or wearing a uniform will also receive free admission and get the opportunity to join the Auburn players on the field for the national anthem.