Bell Honored As Tigers Move Into Top 25

Auburn, Ala.–-On the strength of a strong week by SEC Player of the Week Josh Bell at the plate, the Auburn Tigers defeated Georgia Tech in the mid-week and then won two of three from LSU in Baton Rouge to jump into the Top 25 for the first time this season.

Ranked 23rd in the country by Baseball America and 28th by Collegiate Baseball, Auburn helped itself with three wins last week against Top 10 opponents. That improves Auburn's record to 7-6 this season against Top 25 opponents. Nobody in the SEC has played more games against ranked opponents than the Tigers this season.

The week would not have been possible without the strong play of Josh Bell for the Tigers. Off to a slow start with just two home runs coming into the week, Bell hit three bombs in four days to help the offense get untracked and hit .533 (8-15) in the four games with six runs batted in. He also threw out both would-be base stealers in the LSU series.

Bell has come on strong of late for the Tigers.

The weekly honor is the second for Bell, who was also named the SEC Player of the Week as a freshman on February 17, 2003. Bell is the first Auburn position player to earn the conference's weekly honors since 2003. Pitcher Josh Sullivan was named the league's Pitcher of the Week on March 14.

Auburn, will host Samford on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. CT game at Plainsman Park. The Tigers return to Southeastern Conference play this weekend when they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in a three-game series at Plainsman Park.

Auburn and the Mississippi State Bulldogs were the big winners this weekend in SEC baseball action as both went on the road to Western Division rivals and won series. For the fourth time in the last seven tries, Auburn won a series from LSU in Baton Rouge to jump into the race in the west. The Bulldogs continued their mastery over the Arkansas Razorbacks this past weekend, winning two of three in Fayetteville to move into a first-place tie with LSU and Alabama in the division. On the eastern side both Florida and Vanderbilt had good weekends, winning series against South Carolina and Alabama respectively, to move into first place in the division at 3-3 in SEC play. The following are the current standings on both sides of the conference heading into week three of conference play.

SEC West

LSU 4-2 19-6
Ole Miss 4-2 19-5
MSU 4-2 17-4
Bama 4-2 20-7
Auburn 3-3 19-8
Arkansas 3-3 21-4

SEC East

Florida 3-3 19-7
Tennessee 3-3 18-7
Vandy 3-3 17-6
Georgia 2-3 13-9
South Carolina 2-4 19-5
Kentucky 0-5 12-9


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