Auburn leads the all-time series against Mercer 55-14 and the Tigers have won six in a row and 23 of the last 25 in the series. Another win would be an important one for Coach Steve Renfroe's club with a huge trip to Arkansas coming up this weekend in the last series of the regular season in the SEC. Auburn needs at least one win this weekend and likely two to have a shot at postseason play and a confident outing against the Bears would go a long way towards that goal.
Mercer will start right-hander Philip Morrison while Auburn will likely counter with Cory Dueitt, Jared Shore or Mike Felix. Morrison is 3-10 with a 6.50 ERA in 16 starts this season. He has allowed 122 hits and 96 runs in 90 innings pitched this season.
Dueitt is 4-4 with a 4.23 earned run average in his senior season while Shore is 0-1 with a 7.48 ERA in limited work this year. A former weekend starter, Felix is 4-3 with a 4.71 earned run average.
At the plate Auburn is led by a surging Clete Thomas. The sophomore center fielder is hitting .340 with four home runs and 44 runs batted in. He has also stolen 21 bases in 25 attempts this season.
Second baseman Tug Hulett has come on as well and is the only other Tiger hitting .300 to this point. Hulett has raised his average nearly 60 points in the last month of the season and had a 12-game hitting streak snapped in Sunday's victory.
A 4-3 win over Georgia on Sunday was a record-setter for the Tigers. It was the 12th one-run victory for Auburn this season, which tied a school record set in both 1967 and 1981. The win was also Auburn's 15th come-from-behind victory this season.
The first pitch for Tuesday is set for 6 p.m. and can be heard on auburntigers.com.