AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 23 Auburn baseball team will face its stiffest test of the season thus far over the weekend as it plays host to No. 7 Arizona State for three games at Plainsman Park. Game times for the series are set for 6pm on Friday, 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.
Auburn (10-3) will use the same starting pitching rotation it announced last weekend with Jr. LHP Cory Luckie (1-1, 3.00 ERA) getting the nod on Friday, So. RHP Slade Smith (1-0, 7.98) going on Saturday and Jr. RHP Derek Varnadore (3-0, 1.17) starting on Sunday.
Arizona State (9-2) is scheduled to start So. RHP Jake Barrett (0-1, 3.46) on Friday, Jr. LHP Kyle Ottoson (2-0, 3.71) on Saturday and Jr. RHP Kramer Champlin (2-0, 2.50) on Sunday.
This weekend's matchup is the fourth three-game series between the two programs. Arizona State swept the two series played in Tempe (2006 & 2010) while Auburn claimed a series victory in Auburn in 2007.
Auburn enters the weekend hitting .319 as a team with a SEC-best 146 hits, 48 of which have gone for extra-bases. On the mound the staff boasts a 3.42 ERA in 121 innings while holding opponents to a .280 batting average.
Arizona State is hitting .344 as a team and has used its team speed to steal 30 bases on its opponents. The pitching staff has a 2.91 ERA in 102 innings.
Sunday is Family Day at Plainsman Park and fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $30 with advance purchase. The team will also give away a team photo cards and have a post-game autograph session.