Busy Week For Baseball Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn begins a six-game home stand on Tuesday when the Tigers take on Georgia State at 6 p.m.

Coming off of one of the more improbable wins of the year at Arkansas on Sunday when the Tigers (20-12) came back from six down in the eighth inning to get the win, they're hoping for a big week to continue their solid play in 2008.

Auburn will send redshirt freshman lefty Grant Dayton (4-1, 3.38) to the hill for his eighth start of the year on Tuesday while Georgia State (18-11) will counter with senior right-hander Kenny Camp (2-1, 3.86). Dayton will be in his one inning role that serves as a bullpen outing for the normal Friday night starter for the Tigers.

Wednesday night the Tigers will take on Mississippi Valley State for the first time in program history. The Delta Devils (13-12) have played three games against SEC teams this season, losing 9-1 to LSU and 15-0 and 11-5 to Mississippi State.

Offensively, the Tigers are looking for more of what the final three innings at Arkansas produced as they scored 10 runs to pull out a victory. That was after a stretch of just 20 runs in the previous five games heading into that Sunday contest.

Leading the charge were a group of true freshmen who had 12 of Auburn's 14 hits on Sunday, led by Brian Fletcher's huge day when he collected four hits with four RBI and two runs scored.

For the Tigers the two games are a chance to build up the win total and improve the chances for a postseason bid after the regular season. Currently Auburn is 25th in RPI in the nation and the fourth SEC team behind Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. Auburn has 24 regular season games remaining with 18 of those coming in the conference. Winning half of those games and all six non-conference games would give Auburn 35 regular season wins. That would be the most for an Auburn team since 2001.

It's also a chance to get the family out to Plainsman Park with specials on both nights for the fans. Tuesday is Two Dollar Tuesday and all tickets are $2 while Wednesday is Youth Night and all youth 17-and-under get in free with a cap and glove. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. starts.

Auburn returns to SEC play this weekend with a three-game series against South Carolina at Plainsman Park. The Tigers will be looking to defeat the Gamecocks in a series for the first time since 1997. On Saturday, Auburn will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1958 SEC championship team.

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