Auburn's Sweep Has Tigers On Top Of SEC

Auburn had a strong week as the Tigers went 5-0 including a sweep to open SEC play.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's sweep at Georgia over the weekend was just what the doctor ordered for the Tigers as they find themselves at the top of the SEC with Florida and South Carolina after one week of conference play.

The sweep was the first for an Auburn team in the SEC since the second series of the 2003 season at Kentucky and it's something that first baseman Hunter Morris says is all about confidence for the Tigers.

Much of that confidence in the past few seasons has been in an offense capable of scoring runs, but on the flip side the pitching hasn't been up to par. That wasn't the case this past week though as Auburn's pitching staff held every opponent to less than three runs.

Morris says for the offense it takes pressure off knowing they can get the job done on the mound as well as at the plate.

"Our offense is like any other offense," Morris notes. "We've got the potential to score runs day in and day out, but it's not going to be there every day. We saw that Saturday in a 4-3 win. Our pitchers did a great job this entire weekend. You know there are going to be bumps in the road, but collectively if our staff can put together weekends like we did the last three games, we're going to be very successful."

Offensive Player of the Week: There are a lot of possibilities for this one, but it's hard to go against junior first baseman Hunter Morris for the honor this week. Despite going hitless in two mid-week games against Alabama A&M, Morris responded with a huge weekend on the road at Georgia. In three games he was 10-16 with four home runs, a double, 14 RBI and seven runs scored as the Tigers earned the sweep. Honorable mention goes to third baseman Dan Gamache. The sophomore was 10-24 for the week with eight RBI and 10 runs scored.

Pitcher of the Week: This may be even more difficult than picking an offensive player. Because of that we're awarding the entire pitching staff this week. In five games Auburn allowed just 10 total runs for the week and didn't allow more than three in any contest. Prior to this week Auburn had allowed fewer than three runs just one time. For the week every Tiger starter got to at least the sixth inning, something coach John Pawlowski has been looking for to start the 2010 season.

Newcomer of the Week: Another tough one, but junior college transfer Justin Bryant would have to get the nod over fellow juco transfer Cole Nelson. Nelson allowed just two runs on four hits in five and one/third innings in a 4-3 win over Georgia on Saturday, but Bryant had a huge week at the plate to edge him out. Buoyed by a two home runs, eight RBI performance on Friday night at Georgia, Bryant was 7-19 on the week with six walks, seven runs scored, and 11 RBI.

SEC Standings Week 1
Western Division
Auburn 14-5 3-0
Alabama 16-2 2-1
Ole Miss 15-5 2-1
LSU 16-3 2-1
Arkansas 13-5 1-2
Mississippi State 11-9 0-3

Eastern Division
South Carolina 16-4 3-0
Florida 16-3 3-0
Kentucky 15-5 1-2
Vanderbilt 16-4 1-2
Tennessee 10-10 0-3
Georgia 8-12 0-3

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


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