No. 18 Auburn ends regular season at Kentucky

AUBURN, Alabama – No. 18 Auburn (36-16, 15-11 SEC) wrapped up his regular-season slate with a three-game streak at Kentucky (28-23, 10-17 SEC) from Thursday through Saturday.

First pitches at Kentucky Proud Park are scheduled for Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT and Saturday at 1 p.m.

 

“Throughout the league, these games are meaningful this weekend. That’s what’s so great about playing in the Southeastern Conference” head coach Butch Thompson mentioned. “We and our opponent, Kentucky, are playing for everything. We are playing for position and seeding. We are playing for an opportunity to extend the season into next week at the SEC tournament and hopefully beyond. “

All three games will air on Auburn Sports Network and can be heard locally on 93.9 FM. The competitions will also be available to stream on SEC Network+.

Thursday – Jr. RHP mason barnet (2-1, 4.12) against TBA

Friday – Jr. RHP light trail (2-4, 4.76) vs. TBA

Saturday – So. HPR Joseph Gonzalez (6-2, 2.98) vs. TBA

Auburn enters the weekend on a four-game winning streak, beating opponents 28-14 with a .326 batting average and 3.50 ERA during the streak.

The team is 14-7 in games played away from Plainsman Park this season, scoring the most road and neutral-site wins among SEC teams.

The 14 away wins are tied for second in a season since 2003 (16 wins, 2019).

The Tigers are 18-7 in the last 25 games, tied with Texas A&M for the second-best record in the league in the period (Tennessee: 19-6).

Auburn is 20 games above .500 for the first time since ending the 2018 season 43-23.

Tigers secured winning SEC record for second time under head coach Butch Thompson and only the third time in the last 19 seasons (2010, 2017, 2022).

Auburn’s bullpen didn’t allow a run in 22.2 innings from May 10-17 and is 5-0 with a 1.27 ERA over the past six games and 35.1 innings started.

Kentucky enters the weekend with a 28-23 overall record, including a 10-17 mark in SEC play.

The Wildcats have won a pair of series against Lexington’s top 25 teams and are the only team to hand No. 1 Tennessee a series loss this season.

Offensively, Kentucky is hitting .276 as a team and trailing Daniel Harris’ .322 clip. Chase Estep leads with 52 runs, 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

On the mound, the Wildcats had a 4.95 ERA and struck out 516 batters in 442.0 innings.

The SEC tournament begins next Tuesday, May 24, at Hoover. Auburn would get a first-round bye with a series win this weekend.

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