Fletcher's Big Week Leads Tigers Over Hogs

Freshman outfielder Brian Fletcher had a huge week as the Auburn Tigers won a series over Arkansas on the road.

Auburn, Ala.--It was another huge week for the Auburn Tigers in Southeastern Conference play as they went on the road and won a series at Arkansas for the first time since 2000 to improve to 6-6 in the league and remain in the hunt in the Western Division behind Ole Miss.

Currently 20-12 overall following a 2-2 week that included a loss at South Alabama, Auburn is .500 after 12 games in the conference for the first time since 2005 thanks to a huge comeback victory on Sunday. Trailing the Razorbacks 8-2 in the eighth inning, Auburn scored 10 runs over the final three innings including the 10th to win the series. It marks the first time since 2003 that the Tigers have won three consecutive series in SEC play.

Offensive Player of the Week:

Without a doubt that honor belongs to true freshman left fielder Brian Fletcher. For the week Fletcher was 9-15, but it was on the weekend when he made his presence felt. In three games against Arkansas, Fletcher was 8-12 with five RBI and five runs scored. He was particularly big in the Sunday comeback with four hits, four RBI and two runs scored. He had the game-winning two-run single in the 10th inning to seal the victory. For the year Fletcher is hitting .461 in conference play with 11 runs scored and 10 RBI in 12 games.

Pitcher of the Week:

Redshirt freshman Grant Dayton did a solid job in earning the win on Friday night in Fayetteville, but the honor goes to reliever Michael Hurst. A sophomore from Vestavia Hills, Hurst was outstanding in three appearances this week. He pitched four and two/thirds innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. On Sunday he came on in the ninth to keep the game tied and earned the victory with a perfect ninth inning.

Auburn takes on a South Carolina team coming off a sweep at the hands of Georgia over the weekend. While the Gamecocks come in on a down note, they will still likely be the most talented offensive team Auburn faces this season in the conference. That means Auburn will have to score runs if it hopes for another series win.

To do that the Tigers will need help at the top of the order. Against Arkansas the top three hitters in the batting order went a combined 6-38 (.158) with six runs scored and no RBI in three games. One of the hits and three of the runs scored came from shortstop Matt Hall when he moved to the number two spot on Sunday out of the nine hole, a move that may prove to be a big one for the Tigers.

SEC Standings Week Four:

Western Division:
Ole Miss 20-11 7-5
Auburn 20-12 6-6
LSU 20-11 5-7
Alabama 17-15 5-7
Arkansas 17-13 3-8
Mississippi State 14-17 3-9

Eastern Division:
Georgia 20-10 9-3
Florida 21-10 8-4
Kentucky 25-5 7-5
Tennessee 19-11 7-5
South Carolina 20-10 6-6
Vanderbilt 19-10 5-6

Friday's Scores:
Auburn 5, Arkansas 2
All other games postponed for rain

Saturday's Scores:
Arkansas 5, Auburn 4
LSU 3, Alabama 0
Alabama 6, LSU 5
Ole Miss 7, Vanderbilt 6
Ole Miss 8, Vanderbilt 0
Georgia 1, South Carolina 0
Georgia 5, South Carolina 3
Mississippi State 6, Kentucky 5
Kentucky 13, Mississippi State 4
Tennessee 5, Florida 4

Sunday's Scores:
Auburn 11, Arkansas 10 (10 innings)
LSU 9, Alabama 7
Ole Miss 11, Vanderbilt 6
Georgia 4, South Carolina 2
Kentucky 9, Mississippi State 8
Tennessee 12, Florida 6
Florida 7, Tennessee 2

Week Five SEC Schedule:
South Carolina at Auburn
Alabama at Tennessee
Arkansas at Florida
LSU at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State
Kentucky at Georgia


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