Big Week Has Tigers In Position In SEC Race

Auburn won at Arkansas over the weekend to move to 12-9 in the SEC, the Tigers' best conference record through 21 games since 2003 when they were 13-8.

Auburn, Ala.--With a series win at #7 Arkansas over the weekend, the Auburn Tigers find themselves in very good position to earn their first SEC Tournament berth since 2003. Currently fifth in the overall SEC standings with a 12-9 conference record and 30-15 overall, Auburn has already reached the most SEC wins for the Tigers since 2005 when they were 13-17 and advanced to the Tallahassee Regional.

This team has done it a variety of different ways, but over the weekend it was the offense that did the damage to a pitching staff that entered the series as one of the best in the country. In three games Auburn scored 25 runs, pounded out 34 hits, and bashed eight home runs.

Through 45 games the Tigers are hitting .348 as a team with 81 home runs, 93 doubles, 13 triples, and have scored 409 runs. The highest batting average in school history was the .341 clip put up by the 1997 College World Series team. Last season's team set a school record with 103 home runs, but the Tigers are only six from tying 1998 for second on the list with still 11 regular season games on the schedule.

Up Next: Auburn has a chance to make a serious run at Arkansas in the SEC West with the Mississippi State Bulldogs coming to town. With a record of just 5-16 in conference play, the Bulldogs allowed 35 runs in a sweep at home against Ole Miss over the weekend and have lost six-straight counting a sweep at Alabama the weekend before. Auburn hasn't swept Mississippi State in a three-game series since 1987.

Playing at home should give Auburn a good chance to have its first sellout of the season with the Bulldogs coming in and the Tigers fighting for the postseason. In fact Auburn's last sellout at Plainsman Park occurred in 2008 against Tennessee the same day as the A-Day football game.

Offensive Player of the Week: This week the honor is a tie between junior center fielder Trent Mummey and senior catcher Ryan Jenkins. Going 7-14 for the week, Mummey had three home runs, drove in six, and scored seven runs. Not to be outdone, Jenkins was 8-17 with a pair of home runs, five RBI and five runs scored.

Pitcher of the Week: While freshman Slade Smith and closer Austin Hubbard deserve mention for their performances in the Saturday win over Arkansas, junior starter Grant Dayton was outstanding on Sunday as the Tigers won for the sixth time in seven Sunday games in the SEC this year. Allowing just a pair of runs on six hits in seven innings, Dayton struck out 10 and walked just one to pick up his fifth win of the season.

Overall SEC Standings (Top Eight Make SEC Tournament)

1. South Carolina 16-5 34-9
2. Florida 15-6 31-11
3. Arkansas 14-7 35-10
4. Ole Miss 14-7 33-13
5. Auburn 12-9 30-15
6. Vanderbilt 10-9 33-12
7. LSU 11-10 32-13
8. Alabama 9-12 28-17
9. Tennessee 8-13 24-21
10. Kentucky 7-14 24-20
11. Miss. State 5-16 20-23
12. Georgia 3-16 13-30

This weekend's games
Miss State at Auburn
Florida at Alabama
Arkansas at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at LSU
South Carolina at Kentucky
Tennessee at Georgia

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