AUBURN, AL – The No. 18 Auburn baseball team holds a magic number of two to clinch its first Southeastern Conference Tournament berth since the 2003 season when it plays host to Tennessee this weekend at Plainsman Park. Any combination of wins by Auburn and losses by Alabama that adds up to two would clinch Auburn's spot in the tournament, which will be played May 26-30 at Regions Park in Hoover.
Auburn (33-16, 15-9 SEC) and Tennessee (27-21, 11-13 SEC) come in as two of the hotter clubs in the conference as Auburn has won five straight league games to climb within one game of first place in the SEC West, while Tennessee has also won five straight in league play and six overall. Both teams have also won three straight conference series, with each claiming series sweeps last weekend, Auburn's at home over Mississippi State and Tennessee's at Georgia.
The pitching matchups for the weekend are So. LHP Cory Luckie (6-2, 6.10) vs. Sr. RHP Stephen McCray (5-3, 2.78) on Friday, TBA vs. So. LHP Steven Gruver (4-3, 5.51) on Saturday and Jr. LHP Grant Dayton (6-2, 5.00) vs. TBA on Sunday.
Game times for the series, which is Auburn's final home SEC weekend, are 6:30pm CT on Friday, 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.
Fans attending Friday night's game will enjoy post-game fireworks and the first 500 through the gates will receive a poster puzzle from Nabisco and Winn-Dixie. On Sunday the first 500 fans will receive team trading card set No. 5 from Longhorn Steakhouse and all kids 12-and-under can run the bases after the game presented by ALLKids. It is also family day where fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $30 with advance purchase.