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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
The Auburn baseball team will try to run its record to a perfect 4-0 in the annual Capital City Classic at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday against rival Alabama. The game, which does not count in the SEC standings, has come down to the final few outs in each of the previous editions, with Auburn winning one-run games in 2009 and 2011 and a two-run game in 2010.
Alabama is coming off a 2-3 week and is now 5-6 through 11 games this season. Auburn is off to a 7-6 start to the 2012 campaign, after posting a 1-2 record in the Auburn Tournament this past weekend.
"This game is great for our fans," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We have a tremendous fan base and we will need that support on Tuesday. We are excited and looking forward to playing this game."
A pair of right-handers will start on the mound as Auburn (7-6) sends Jon Luke Jacobs (2-0, 0.69) to the hill and Alabama (5-6) has tabbed Spencer Turnbull (0-0, 3.00) as its starter.
Auburn goes into Tuesday's game leading the SEC in hits (143), walks (74), hit by pitches (23), sac bunts (14), steals (40) and steal attempts (53) and is second in the league in batting average (.324), on base percentage (.440), doubles (27), triples (seven) and total bases (199).
Ryan Tella brings a seven-game hitting streak into the week and Dan Glevenyak a six-game streak. Tella has reached base safely in each of the last nine games with 16 hits and 14 walks (.438 average, .609 on base percentage) and is hitting .467 during the streak.
Tuesday's game will mark the 264th meeting all-time in baseball between Alabama and Auburn. Alabama leads the all-time series, which began in 1896, 143-120. Last year, Auburn won three out of the four meetings between the two schools. In the 2011 Capital City Classic, the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide, 2-1, on March 15. This year marks the fourth straight year of the Capital City Classic. Auburn has won the first three games played in the Montgomery, Ala., Riverwalk Stadium. Auburn posted an 8-7 win in 2010, an 8-6 win in 2011 and a 2-1 victory in 2011. When the teams met during SEC play, Auburn won the series, 2-1, as Alabama win the final game, 7-6.