Auburn Locked In A Battle In SEC Race

Despite a sweep at the hands of South Carolina, Auburn finds itself in a three-way tie in the SEC's Western Division and for eighth-place overall in the conference.

Auburn, Ala.--A week that started with so much promise with mid-week wins over Georgia State and Mississippi Valley State ended in disappointment for the Auburn Tigers as they were swept by the 10th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks over the weekend. Currently 22-15, 6-9 in SEC play, Auburn is fortunate to still be tied for second in the SEC West with Alabama and LSU.

The sweep came despite a pretty solid weekend from the Tigers against a powerful South Carolina team. On Friday night the difference was a perfectly placed slow roller on a hit and run for the Gamecocks. Saturday's play was a two-run home run with Auburn holding a 5-4 advantage, and on Sunday South Carolina scored two insurance runs to give the Gamecocks just enough of a cushion to withstand a three-run bomb from Hunter Morris in the ninth inning. Coach Tommy Slater said he liked the way his team played, but in the end it's all about the victories.

"I think we're past the point of moral victories here," Slater said. "I like our club and I want us to win. I think our kids are putting ourselves in positions to win. I think we've been doing that ever since leaving Gainesville, Fla. We're playing well and putting ourselves in positions to win. I'm looking forward to the second half of the SEC schedule and I'm confident our kids are going to do a nice job with it."

Inside The Auburn Tigers Offensive Player of the Week:

It's a tough call this week, but freshman Hunter Morris edges out fellow freshman Trent Mummey by a nose. For the week Morris was 9-21 with three home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored. Against South Carolina Morris was 6-13 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. Mummey wasn't too shabby either with an 8-18 week with a home run, five runs scored and three RBI.

Inside The Auburn Tigers Pitcher of the Week:

In a week that saw the pitching take a step back overall because of the offensive prowess of South Carolina, freshman Cory Luckie was the best the Tigers had to offer. While Grant Dayton gutted it out in a very solid performance on Friday night, Luckie was very good on Saturday as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits in six innings and showed he's got the moxie to be a good one for years to come for the Tigers.

SEC Standings Week Five

Western Division:
Ole Miss 24-12 9-6
Auburn 22-15 6-9
Alabama 20-17 6-9
LSU 22-13 6-9
Arkansas 19-15 5-9
Mississippi State 14-21 3-12

Eastern Division
Georgia 23-12 12-3
Florida 24-12 9-6
Tennessee 22-13 9-6
South Carolina 25-10 9-6
Vanderbilt 24-10 8-6
Kentucky 26-8 7-8

Friday's Scores
South Carolina 7, Auburn 6
Ole Miss 2, LSU 1
Vanderbilt 15, Mississippi State 8
Georgia 3, Kentucky 2
Arkansas 2, Florida 1

Saturday's Scores
South Carolina 8, Auburn 6
Ole Miss 7, LSU 1
Vanderbilt 16, Mississippi State 0
Georgia 13, Kentucky 4
Florida 6, Arkansas 1
Alabama 11, Tennessee 10
Tennessee 13, Alabama 5

Sunday's Scores

South Carolina 7, Auburn 6
LSU 8, Ole Miss 2
Vanderbilt 4, Mississippi State 3
Georgia 6, Kentucky 4
Arkansas 10, Florida 4
Tennessee 6, Alabama 4

SEC Week Six Schedule:

Auburn at Vanderbilt
Mississippi State at Alabama
Georgia at LSU
Ole Miss at South Carolina
Tennessee at Arkansas
Florida at Kentucky

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