Auburn opens SEC Tournament vs. Kentucky

The Auburn Tigers open the SEC Baseball Tournament on Tuesday against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Posted: May 21, 2018 9:32 PM
Updated: May 21, 2018 10:54 PM

The Auburn Tigers enter the SEC Baseball Tournament as the No. 7 seed and will face 10th-seeded Kentucky in the first round on Tuesday at 1 p.m. CT at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Freshman right-handed pitcher, Jack Owen (2-2, 6.19) is the projected starter for Auburn and will face a Kentucky team that ranks third in the conference in team batting average (.294).  Offensively, the Wildcats are lead by Kole Cottam's .346 batting average.  He's also got 18 home runs on the year, tied for the team lead with Luke Heyer.  

Freshman righty Daniel Harper (3-2, 5.24) is expected to toe the rubber for Kentucky.  He'll face an Auburn offense that's tied for seventh in the league in team batting average, at .284 on the year.  Harper and the Wildcats' pitching staff have been less than stellar most of the year, entering Tuesday's contest with a 5.41 team ERA which ranks last in the league.  

The first round of the SEC Tournament is a single-elimination format and the winner of this game advances to play 2nd-seeded Ole Miss in the second round, which shifts to a double-elimination format.

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