Baseball Tigers Face Visiting Blazers

Auburn, Ala.--Working on a streak of 12 wins in their last 13 games, the 25th-ranked Auburn Tigers (17-5) will play the UAB Blazers (8-11) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second of two baseball meetings between the two schools this season.

Auburn won the first contest 13-1 on March 5 in Birmingham.

Sandwiched between a home series with Kentucky and a road trip to Tennessee to face the Vols, the Blazers present a challenge to the Tigers. Expected to pitch a several players in order to keep the rotation and bullpen fresh for the weekend, Auburn will likely start normal designated hitter/outfielder Mike Mueller on the mound. The right-hander, who was recruited as a pitcher in addition to his talents at the plate, is 0-0 on the year and has pitched just one scoreless inning this season.

Also available to see action are reserves Lee Carter, Arnold Hughey, Reid Price, Andrew Skinner and possibly Sean Jones. Scheduled to start for the Blazers is freshman Ryan Huffman. He is 1-1 on the season with an earned run average of 4.61 in 13 and two/thirds innings, Huffman has allowed 16 hits while striking out 15 batters.

Auburn enters Tuesday's game riding the exploits of leadoff hitter Javon Moran. Riding an 11-game hitting streak, Moran is 20-for-46 during that stretch with 14 runs scored, eight runs batted in and a .480 on-base percentage. In Auburn's 13-1 win against UAB earlier in the year Moran was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in while playing just five innings.

The Tigers should feel comfortable playing UAB despite the lack of front-line pitching available for the game. They hold a commanding 24-2 series lead against the Blazers all-time in Auburn. Under coach Steve Renfroe, Auburn is 40-8 in games played at Plainsman Park including a record of 26-2 against non-conference foes.

If you're looking for a cheap night out on the town for the family, Plainsman Park might be the place on Tuesday night. All adult tickets are just $5 and kids wearing a team jersey or a cap and glove get in free. The game will also feature hotdogs for 25 cents.

Following the UAB game, the Tigers head north to face Tennessee for a three-game series beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. CST. The Volunteers are coming off a sweep at the hands of Alabama last weekend in Tuscaloosa.


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