Tigers Play Host To Samford Tuesday

Auburn, Ala.--Fresh off an impressive sweep of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, the Auburn Tigers play host to in-state foe Samford Tuesday afternoon at Plainsman Park.

Expected to be carried by pitching, the Auburn team brought out the lumber in the opening series. Batting .376 as a team and collecting 41 hits for the weekend, the Auburn hitters quickly let it be known that they can pull their weight in the 2002 season.

While the offense was better than expected, the pitching was right on target. Led by starters Levale Speigner, Cory Dueitt and Colby Paxton, Auburn allowed just six earned runs in the three games and held the Rams to just a .175 batting average and 17 hits for the three days. Also effective was Auburn's bullpen. Using five pitchers in relief, they allowed just five hits and two earned runs in 10 innings of work.

The bullpen looks to get even more work in Tuesday's game as sophomore Andrew Skinner gets the first start of his college career against the Bulldogs. Used mostly as a set-up man in his freshman season, the hard-throwing right-hander has shown a great deal of improvement this spring and has a chance to display that Tuesday. Also look for sophomore Marshall Watts, junior college transfer Mike Mueller and freshman Lee Carter to see some action on the mound Tuesday against a 3-0 Samford club. Auburn has defeated the Bulldogs 11 straight times and 18 in a row at Plainsman Park.

The first pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 3 p.m. Auburn returns to action beginning Friday at 3 p.m. when they play host to the Marshall Thundering Herd in the first of a three game set.

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