Cohen's Corner: No. 20 'Cats Head to Auburn

UK's baseball program, fresh off a 15-4 victory over Morehead State, heads to the plains of Auburn to take on the struggling, Auburn Tigers, in a pivotal SEC road series for the 'Cats.

The weekend starts with a Friday evening match-up at 8 p.m. ET and continues Saturday at 5 p.m. ET The series concludes on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. All three games will be broadcast, with Friday and Saturday's on WLEX 630-AM and Sunday's at WXRA 1580-AM. All three are also available online at

"I think we match up pretty well with Auburn, although their ballpark lends itself to more of a groundball approach," Coach John Cohen said following his team's victory, Wednesday. "We have two guys in (Craig) Snipp and (Greg) Dombrowski that are ground ball pitchers. There are certain parks that play big and you want fly balls.

Still despite Auburn's struggles (12-16, 1-5 SEC), Cohen knows that baseball is a game of inches.

"It's not like basketball or football," Cohen said. ""In baseball, it can be a hop here, a bad pitch there. There are so many factors that are compelling in deciding a game. I think our club has a level of confidence, that if we focus in and lock in on every pitch, we'll be successful.

"If you watch our players, they do a great job of communicating about the game," Cohen continued. "I love our level of communication and I think it helps with our chemistry. If we continue on that path, everything will take care of itself."

Senior left-hander Aaron Tennyson (4-1, 3.98) is expected to take the mound for UK on Friday against Auburn right-hander Brett Butts (2-4, 4.54). Tennyson struggled in his previous start, earning a no-decision in a 7-6 loss against No. 12 Tennessee in Knoxville.

"I think (Aaron) Tennyson will get a lot more fly balls and that will be helpful to him. The average fly ball can be a killer in a park like Auburn's," Cohen said, "so we really have to go in with a line drive and ground ball approach at the plate."

Saturday, the Wildcats will send senior left-hander Craig Snipp (4-0, 1.62) to the mound to against Auburn's Evan Crawford (2-4, 4.08).

"My preparation's not really gonna change," Snipp said. "This is a big weekend for us, we have a chance to win some games on the road in the SEC. Anytime you go on the road in the SEC, it's gonna be tough. Auburn's struggled a little bit this season, but it's a tough place to play and they have some great players."

Greg Dombrowski (5-0, 1.21), who leads the Southeastern Conference in earned-run average, starts for Kentucky on Sunday. Dombrowski has four straight starts of allowing one run or fewer and has not given up an extra-base hit in that span.

During the week, UK pounded Morehead State, 15-4, while Auburn dropped a 12-7 decision to Troy. The Wildcats hit four home runs in their game, including two by Ryan Strieby to give him a team-high seven.

"We have a really good team this year and we have a lot of different guys stepping up," Strieby said. "I feel really good about where we are and I think if we keep doing what we're doing, we'll be just fine."

Pre-season All-American John Shelby knows that opportunies like the one presented this weekend, don't come around often.

"It's been a long time since we got a sweep in the SEC," Shelby said. "Our goal is to go down to Auburn and attempt to make some more history."

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