Mummey Ready To Hit The Ground Running

Auburn junior outfielder Trent Mummey talks about coming back from an injury and taking on LSU this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming off a solid sophomore year that saw him hit .289 with 15 home runs, drive in 42 runs, add 17 stolen bases and win a Golden Glove for his outfield performance, center fielder Trent Mummey worked even harder to improve his play to help ensure the Auburn Tigers made it to postseason play in 2010. Then it all came crashing down in the blink of an eye.

Just one week before the season began Mummey suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of action until his return Tuesday night when he returned in a pinch-hitting role as the designated hitter. With three hits in his five at-bats this week, Mummey is coming around physically and is hoping to help his team even more this weekend at it faces the powerful LSU Tigers at Plainsman Park.

"It's real exciting," Mummey says. "I'm just happy to get back into SEC play and get it to where we can start playing for something. LSU is a big series because they are coming in as a really good team. They are looking to win the West again. If we can take a couple of games from them that would be really good."

It has been a painful two months for Mummey and not just physically. A fierce competitor, he was forced to watch as his teammates tried to pick up the slack early in the season and dealt with several more injuries including one to his back up Justin Fradejas. He said the sitting around and waiting was something he never wants to experience again.

"It was definitely the toughest thing I've ever done," Mummey says. "Getting hurt a week before the season started and just working all year, I probably put in the most time I've ever put in this year during the off-season. To see that go by you when you get hurt a week before the season starts, it really puts things in perspective on how to come back from an injury and what you need to do day by day to get back from the injury.

"It was a really tough part of my life. I stuck with it. My family and friends really helped out. Our trainers did a really great job. It was tough sitting in the dugout watching my friends play and feeling like I couldn't really do anything to help but cheer them on. I to be out there on the field and do anything I can to win games for the Auburn Tigers."

Mummey kept his presence around the team by being in the dugout and in uniform on several occasions despite being in a walking boot. When he was able to do it, Mummey began to throw with the outfielders in between innings to help build his arm strength and get used to throwing and catching once again. One of his biggest contributions may have come off the field though as he helped outfielders such as Creede Simpson with some of the questions and concerns they had with the new position.

"Every day I would go out and try to give them some tips and just be encouraging," Mummey says. "One of the big things in baseball is to be encouraging to other players. If I couldn't be an asset on the field I could be an asset off the field. It was good to be able to step back and realize what I could do to help the team if I couldn't help the team on the field."

Mummey will have his chance to play as the Tigers (20-10, 5-4) take on LSU (25-4, 7-2) this weekend in a three-game series at Plainsman Park. Still not quite 100 percent, his role could be as a designated hitter or perhaps as a right fielder with Justin Fradejas playing well in center field with an 11-game hitting streak currently. That would allow Simpson to move to third base when the Tigers face a left-handed pitcher on Saturday.

Auburn has lost seven-straight to the visiting Tigers and will be looking to stay within striking distance of the top of the Western Division. Game times for the weekend series are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Friday's game can be seen on CSS while Saturday's will be shown on SportSouth. Both can also be seen on espn360.com.


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