Tigers Face Trojans Hoping To Get Back On Track

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers (27-18) travel to Paterson Field in Montgomery to face the Troy State Trojans (22-24) Tuesday night at 6:30.

Coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Alabama last weekend, the Auburn Tigers try to get back on the winning track when they take on Troy State in a make-up game from earlier this season. Sophomore Eric Brandon gets the start for the Tigers against sophomore Mal Winters from Troy State.

Coming off a strong performance Friday night, Brandon enters Tuesday night with a record of 3-2 and an ERA of 4.64 in 66 innings pitched this season. In his first start this season against the Trojans back on Feb. 19, Brandon pitched four innings and allowed just four hits and no runs in the win. Winters is 3-1 on the season with a 5.82 ERA in 38 and two/thirds innings this season.

Brandon and company will attempt to hold the Trojans scoreless for the third-straight meeting between the two schools. Earlier in the year Auburn won 13-0 and last March the Tigers won a 5-0 decision. The Tigers have won five-straight decisions over the Trojans and hold a 26-9 lead in the overall series.

Several Auburn hitters come into Tuesday's contest with some momentum following the series in Tuscaloosa. Sophomore outfielder Javon Moran led Auburn with a 6-for-14 (.429) performance at the plate last week. Moran is 10-for-20 (.500) in his last four games, with multi-hit games in each contest. Also coming along is freshman shortstop Chuck Jeroloman. The defensive wizard has not committed an error in his last 87 chances spanning 19 games. Jeroloman is also hitting .391 (9-for-23) in his last five games.

The Tigers return to action this weekend when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores in a key SEC series. At 9-12 in the conference the Tigers face a must-win situation beginning Friday night at 6:30.


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