No Luckie for Tigers Again This Week

Auburn, Ala.--One of the Auburn baseball team's three regular starting pitchers for conference games will be sidelined for a second straight week.

Cory Luckie, a freshman left-hander from Prattville, will not make the road trip to Oxford for a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series vs. the Ole Miss Rebels that starts on Friday.

Luckie, who injured his arm while pitching nearly two weeks ago, had hoped to be ready for action vs. the Rebels. However, Auburn head coach Tommy Slater says that won't happen.

"The MRI was clean," Slater tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "There was no damage to the ligament or anything like that, but he still has some pain in the forearm. It is not close to being 100 percent so we are not going to take him with us to Oxford.

"He tried to throw a couple of times this week and it is just not there yet so we will have him down for another weekend," Slater adds. "We will get him back out there Monday and see how it feels then."

The Tigers and Rebels are both still battling for spots in the SEC Tournament with six games to play. Their opener on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT as the Tigers will throw SEC Freshman of the Week, lefty Grant Dayton, vs. junior right-hander Lance Lynn. Dayton is 7-1 with a 3.66 earned run average. Lynn is 6-2 with a 3.51 ERA.

Taylor Thompson will be counted on again in a starting role this week for the Tigers.

On Saturday, sophomore right-hander Taylor Thompson will again start in place of Luckie. Thompson had perhaps his best outing of the season last week vs. Mississippi State. He has a 2-5 mark and a 6.57 ERA. The Rebels will counter with freshman lefty Drew Pomeranz, who is 4-1 with a 3.42 ERA for Saturday's game that will start at 4 p.m.

For the Sunday 1:30 p.m. contest, the Tigers will send junior right-hander Luke Greinke to the mound with his 4-3 record and 4.09 ERA. The Rebels are scheduled to pitch junior right-hander Cody Satterwhite, who is 3-5 with a 5.13 ERA.

Lance Lynn

"They have a really good pitching staff," Slater says. "Lance Lynn, their number one--their Friday guy, is as good as there is in our league and has been for a couple of years. He reminds me size-wise, and delivery-wise, of (former AU player) Ryan Halla."

Slater notes that he is also impressed with the other starters plus a dominant closer, Scott Bittle, who has a 4-1 record with a 1.60 earned run average. Bittle has 92 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings this season and seven saves.

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