Tigers Host Trojans for Final Mid-week Home Game of Season
Dylan Ingram hit two home runs and recorded four RBI in last weekend's series win over Arkansas.
(Photo: Auburn Athletics/Emily Shoffit)
#5 Auburn Baseball (30-12, 12-6 SEC) will play one final non-conference game this season at Plainsman Park, that comes Tuesday night vs in-state foe, Troy (22-17, 9-9 SBC). Auburn enters the contest coming off of a successful weekend at home against then #14 Arkansas by taking two of three. The biggest takeaway from the series against the Razorbacks was that Auburn was able to win the series despite ace Casey Mize being shut down for the weekend. Keegan Thompson returned to his usual Friday night spot in the rotation, and lasted six innings, picking up his first win since March 17. In Sunday’s game, Auburn got the most of their pitching staff. In his second start of the season, Ryan Watson lasted three innings in a spot start. Only two other pitchers were used in the game, Calvin Coker pitched an inning, and Andrew Mitchell carried the Tigers to the end of the game by tossing five innings. Outside of pitching, Auburn’s five-six-seven spots in the lineup played a key role in the series win over Arkansas. Josh Anthony was named SEC Player of the Week by the league office in Birmingham on Monday after he had one of the most successful weekends as a Tiger. The junior from Columbus, Georgia hit .750 in the three-game set against Arkansas, with three doubles, seven RBI, and also hit his first home run of the season on Friday night. Dylan Ingram and Luke Jarvis joined Anthony as key contributors. Both Ingram and Jarvis hit two home runs last week, which ties for the team lead in that category. On Sunday, the trio combined to record 10 of Auburn’s 16 hits, and seven of Auburn’s 11 runs. The Troy Trojans had a successful weekend of their own, by sweeping Texas State in Sun Belt play at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy. Brandon Lockridge recorded four hits in three games against the Bobcats, plating two runs. Matt Sanders and Trevor Davis had big days in Saturday’s doubleheader. Sanders went 3-for-4 with a RBI in game one, while Davis hit a two-run homer in game two. Lockridge is the only Troy batter that is currently hitting over .300. In 39 games, he has 57 hits, 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs, and 26 RBI, batting .339. Davis leads the Trojans in doubles (12) and RBI (28) and is tied with Justin Friend for most home runs (4). The Tigers turn to Christian Camacho for Tuesday’s game. His last outing was one of the best in his young career, as he tossed a career-high six innings, striking out four, allowing five hits and one earned run in the win over Kennesaw State last Tuesday. He enters his seventh start of the season at 2-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 17 strikeouts. His opposition will be Max Newton for the Trojans, who will be getting his second start of the season. Last Wednesday at Jacksonville State, Newton pitched five innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs while striking out four, earning the win. Newton has a 3.38 ERA and nine strikeouts over seven appearances. #5 Auburn plays their final home non-conference game on Tuesday at 6 P.M. at Plainsman Park.