AU Faces Davidson To Kick Off Homestand

Auburn, Ala.--Looking to get back on the winning track after being swept by Florida State over the weekend, the Auburn Tigers (4-4) return home Tuesday night to face the Davidson Wildcats (3-5) in a two-game series at Plainsman Park.

The two-game series will be followed by a four-game set against VMI beginning Thursday and marks the beginning of an eight-game home stand for the Tigers in just nine days as Auburn looks to round into form for SEC play.

With so many games the Tigers will have to get solid pitching performances out of some unexpected names to survive. While not unexpected, sophomore Scott Shuman will get his first career start on Tuesday night for the 6 o'clock start after putting up impressive numbers in relief against the Seminoles last week. Allowing one run in six innings, Shuman retired the last 14 FSU batters in order. Davidson will send sophomore Chris Kennedy (0-0, 10.29 ERA) to the mound.

On Wednesday number one starter Luke Greinke will get the call after an up and down outing last week against Florida State. For the season the junior is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He will face freshman Ian Horkley for the Wildcats. Horkley is 0-2 with a 16.88 earned run average.

For Auburn to get things going on the diamond it will have to continue to get production from the middle of the order led by junior Mike Bianucci. Leading the team with a .407 batting average, two home runs and second on the team with six RBI, Bianucci is currently riding a 14-game hitting streak dating back to the opening game of the Vanderbilt series last year.

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