Baseball Tigers Continue Busy Stretch

Auburn, Ala.—The Auburn Tigers (21-8) begin a tough stretch of five games in six days when they face the Mercer Bears (14-15) Tuesday at 6 p.m. for <I>Youth Baseball and Softball Night</I> at Plainsman Park.

The game is also a 25-cent hot dog night, the promotion that drew more than 3,000 fans to Plainsman Park the night nine Tigers combined for a no-hitter vs. UAB two weeks ago. Wednesday the Tigers travel to Mobile to face South Alabama at 6 p.m.

With a tough three-game series coming up this weekend against LSU, Coach Steve Renfroe will have to rely on young pitchers to get the job done in the mid-week games. Tuesday night true freshman Arnold Hughey will get the start against freshman right-hander Chris Bishop from Mercer. Hughey is 1-1 on the season with a 3.38 ERA while Bishop is 2-0 with an earned run average of 5.56.

Tuesday's game is the only meeting between the two schools this season in a series that Auburn has dominated over the years. The Tigers hold a 52-14 lead in the series and has won 21 of the last 23 games between the two schools. Tickets for the game are $5 for everyone and youth wearing a team jersey or presenting a cap and glove at the gate will receive free admission. Also, youth arriving at the park before 5:30 p.m. will have the opportunity to be on the field with the Auburn team for the National Anthem.

Wednesday night the Tigers face South Alabama in a continuation of a stretch of 18 out of 19 games against 2001 NCAA Regional teams. Expected to get the start for the Tigers is Mike Mueller, a junior who is 0-0 on the season in two appearances. Also scheduled to get some work on the mound for the Tigers in the two games are Andrew Skinner, Reid Price, Brandon Channel and Sean Jones.

Auburn's SEC series tickets are still available and may be purchased by calling 1-800-AUB-1957, ext. 1 or on-line at Single-game tickets for SEC home games will go on sale the Wednesday preceding the start of each individual series. LSU single-game tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. this Wednesday.

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