For the Jaguars things begin with an offense that has been virtually unstoppable for much of the season. They enter Tuesday's game hitting .325 as a team with 29 home runs. Leading the way is hard hitting David Freese, who currently is hitting .437 with seven home runs and a 47 RBI. He leads the Jaguars in all three categories.
Auburn comes into the game after dropping two of three over the weekend at Ole Miss. The good news is that the Tigers picked up their first road win of the season behind a solid outing on the mound by starter Evan Crawford and the hitting of fellow freshman Mike Bianucci. In four conference starts this season Crawford is 3-1 with a solid ERA of just 1.85.
Leading the team with a .396 average and six home runs, the third baseman was 5-11 in the three games. For the year he has 22 RBI. Just behind him is second baseman Tyler Johnstone, who is hitting .333 after a streak of 14 hits in his last 32 at-bats. For the season Auburn is hitting just .269 as a team with 21 home runs.
A player that continues to make a move is freshman Luke Greinke. He has been Auburn's starting centerfielder in the last eight games and has really responded to the call. Since taking over the centerfielder's spot, he is hitting .333 with three RBIs, two walks, two runs scored and four sacrifice bunts. Greinke started the game at Troy as the number nine hitter in the lineup and has moved all the way up to the sixth spot by the end of the weekend series with Kentucky last weekend, a spot he has maintained through the Ole Miss series.
On the mound Auburn is expected to go with a combination of pitchers after playing three games in just two days over the weekend taxed an already thin pitching staff. Sophomore Clarence Nicely (0-0, 4.50 ERA) is expected to get the start for the Tigers with freshman Bryan Woodall (0-4, 6.75) also expected to see plenty of action.
The first pitch for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m. South Alabama leads the series against Auburn 41-17 and are 23-7 in games played in Mobile The Tigers have won two of the last three meetings. This weekend Auburn returns home to face Mississippi State in a big three game series for both teams.