AU Alone In First Place After Series Win

Auburn will be playing for the division title next weekend at Ole Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--Winners of two out of three over the weekend against the Tennessee Vols at Plainsman Park, the #18 Auburn Tigers (35-17, 17-10) will go into the final weekend with a one-game lead in the SEC West after both Arkansas and Ole Miss lost twice to South Carolina and Alabama respectively. Seeking its first division title since 1995, Auburn will travel to Ole Miss next weekend hoping to wrap up the crown.

The Tigers are a hot baseball team with a 9-3 record in the last 12 SEC games since dropping a series at Vanderbilt. In fact over the last 24 games overall Auburn is an impressive 17-7 with a 13-6 record in conference play. It's no surprise that those 24 games coincide with the return of center fielder Trent Mummey.

Missing time early because of an injured ankle, he has put up huge numbers since coming back to the lineup. Hitting .366, Mummey has 13 home runs and 38 RBI in just 101 at-bats with a slugging percentage of .801. He added to those numbers in a big way over the weekend as the Tigers won a series from Tennessee.

Based on his play it would be shocking if Mummey is not named the SEC Player of the Week after he was 10-24 in four games with four home runs, two doubles, 13 RBI, and seven runs scored. The bulk of that came in the Tennessee series as he was 7-14 with all four home runs and 12 RBI in the three-game series. Now moving on to one final series for all the marbles, Mummey said it's exciting to finally be a part of a series like this at Auburn.

"It's really great," Mummey said. "We wanted to come out of this weekend with a chance to win the West. I guess we kind of hold our own destiny. It's nice to go into Ole Miss and play against them for the West. It's going to be real fun, especially in that atmosphere. It's going to be a wild series."

While Mummey should be the offensive player of the week, there is a good argument to make Cole Nelson the pitcher of the week after his gem on Saturday for the Tigers. Allowing just three hits in Auburn's first complete game shutout in league play since 2002, the junior left-hander only threw 93 pitches and was dominant from start to finish in the win.

Auburn will take on Jacksonville State in a midweek game Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Plainsman Park before traveling to Oxford to face Ole Miss in the final regular season series of the year beginning Thursday night.

Current SEC Standings
1. South Carolina 41-11 20-7
T1. Florida 37-12 20-7
2. Auburn 35-17 17-10
4. Arkansas 38-14 16-11
5. Ole Miss 36-17 16-11
6. Vanderbilt 39-13 15-10
7. Kentucky 29-23 12-15
8. LSU 34-18 12-15
9. Tennessee 29-13 12-15
10. Alabama 31-21 12-15
11. Miss. State 21-31 5-22
12. Georgia 14-36 3-22

Friday's Games
Tennessee 9, Auburn 3
Ole Miss 5, Alabama 4
South Carolina 3, Arkansas 2
Florida 4, Georgia 3
Kentucky 11, LSU 9
Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 8

Saturday's Games
Auburn 18, Tennessee 0
Alabama 4, Ole Miss 1
South Carolina 5, Arkansas 0
Florida 4, Georgia 3
Kentucky 9, LSU 4
Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 7 (10 inn.)

Sunday's Games
Auburn 9, Tennessee 2
Alabama 6, Ole Miss 3
South Carolina 5, Arkansas 3
Florida 9, Georgia 3
Kentucky 6, LSU 4
Vanderbilt 14, Mississippi State 4

Week 10 Schedule
Auburn at Ole Miss
Alabama at Tennessee
Arkansas at Vanderbilt
Florida at South Carolina
Mississippi State at LSU
Kentucky at Georgia

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