Brendan Venter and Steven Williams
Brendan Venter leads the team with a .320 average and is second with 12 home runs. (Photo: Adam Sparks/Inside The Auburn Tigers, Scout.com)

 

Auburn, Ala.--While the weekend at Ole Miss was a lost opportunity for the Auburn Tigers with the Rebels sweeping Coach Butch Thompson’s club, by virtue what happened around the league Auburn has wrapped up a berth in the SEC Tournament heading into the last weekend of the regular season.

With three games left at home against LSU, Auburn is not only playing for seeding purposes in Hoover, but also still for an outside shot to be a host of a regional at Plainsman Park. While it would likely take a sweep of LSU to make that happen, Auburn is still alive because of its high RPI.

To make that happen the Tigers will have to get back to swinging the bats the way they did in a three-week stretch that saw them sweep both Alabama and Vanderbilt and win a game at Florida.

Last weekend it was a case of too many K’s for the Tigers as they struck out 37 times in three games against Ole Miss. It is the most in a three-game stretch for Auburn this season, surpassing the total of 31 that came in the last two games against Arkansas and a loss at Samford.

While the offense has gotten considerably better late in the year, strikeouts continue to be an issue for the team and it’s something that needs to get fixed in a hurry with postseason around the corner.

Player of the Week: Continuing his late season tear, junior Brendan Venter was one of the few players who was able to consistently put the ball in play against Ole Miss. Going 4-11 for the weekend with a home run and two RBI, Venter was 8-15 for the week with three home runs and six RBI when you factor in his 4-4 performance against South Alabama on Tuesday night.

Pitcher of the Week: Pitching the final five innings of the win over South Alabama and twice on the weekend at Ole Miss, redshirt junior Welby Malczewski didn’t allow an earned run in six and two/thirds innings and only gave up four hits as he lowered his ERA from 6.26 to 4.85 with the big week.

SEC Standings Week 9

  1. Florida  20-7, 41-12
  2. Arkansas  17-10, 36-15
  3. Georgia  16-11, 35-16
  4.   Ole Miss  16-11, 39-13
  5. South Carolina  15-12, 30-21
  6. 6.LSU  14-13, 31-21
  7. Auburn  13-14, 35-1 7.
  8. Vanderbilt  13-14, 27-24
  9. Kentucky  13-14, 33-18
  10. Texas A&M 12-15, 34-17
  11. Miss. State  12-15, 28-24
  12. Tennessee  11-16, 28-24

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  1. Missouri  10-17, 31-20
  2. Alabama  7-20, 26-27

Auburn At Ole Miss

Ole Miss 5, Auburn 4

Ole Miss 8, Auburn 3

Ole Miss 10, Auburn 3

Georgia at Florida

Florida 7, Georgia 6

Florida 9, Georgia 3

Georgia 4, Florida 1

Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Vanderbilt 7, Tennessee 6

Vanderbilt 7, Tennessee 2

Tennessee 8, Vanderbilt 7

Missouri at South Carolina

Missouri 5, South Carolina 3

South Carolina 6, Missouri 3

South Carolina 1, Missouri 0

Texas A&M at Arkansas

Arkansas 9, Texas A&M 3

Arkansas 3, Texas A&M 1

Arkansas 6, Texas A&M 3

Miss. State at Kentucky

Kentucky 9, Miss. State 6

Kentucky 4, Miss. State 1

Alabama at LSU

LSU 7, Alabama 5

Alabama 6, LSU 1

LSU 7, Alabama 3

Week 10 SEC Schedule

LSU at Auburn

Arkansas at Georgia

Ole Miss at Alabama

Tennessee at Missouri

Kentucky at Vanderbilt

South Carolina at Texas A&M

Florida at Miss. State

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