"I think our team is starting to build some confidence," coach John Pawlowski said. "A lot of things were new that opening weekend against Elon and going to Tallahassee (FSU). I think guys are starting to learn their identity a little bit on the team.
"I think the team is starting to figure out what they need to do in different roles. I feel pretty good about that. We've played pretty well lately. Guys are gaining confidence and I think that has a lot to do with it." With SEC play opening next weekend at Tennessee, the Tigers are looking to shore up some depth issues in the bullpen as well as continue to swing the bats at the plate. Through nine games Auburn is hitting .279 as a team with a team-record 20 home runs during that stretch.
Leading the way is sophomore Trent Mummey at the moment. Hitting .441, the center fielder has four home runs, two doubles, one triple, and 11 RBI. The most amazing stat at the moment is that Mummey has scored 19 runs in nine games, more than two per contest.
While Mummey has been very productive at the top of the order, right behind him Joseph Sanders has been hot as well. The junior from Millbrook is hitting .405 heading into the weekend with six home runs and 19 RBI. Also swinging the bat well is sophomore Justin Hargett with a .323 average and 13 runs scored.
On the mound Auburn will send sophomore Grant Dayton (0-1, 5.06 ERA) to the mound to open the series after a rough outing last weekend at Florida State. For Saturday's doubleheader, freshman Jon Luke Jacobs (0-0, 6.48) and sophomore Ty Kelley (0-0, 6.23 ERA) will get the call. Kelly was solid on the mound to open the FSU series on Friday. Sunday Auburn is TBA with senior Paul Burnside (0-0, 4.35) the most likely candidate to get the start.
Perhaps the best news from last week came from the Auburn bullpen as Austin Hubbard and Bradley Hendrix each had outstanding outings for the Tigers in relief. Already with a win on the season, Hubbard pitched three innings against Florida State and allowed just one run to earn his first save in a 10-9 win on Saturday. Not to be outdone, Hendrix pitched three scoreless innings in Tuesday night's victory over Davidson for his best outing of the year to this point.
Game times for the weekend series at scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday while Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. with two nine inning games to be played. The teams will take a 45-minute break between games. Sunday's final game of the series will begin at 1 p.m.