April 12, 2012

Previewing Vanderbilt vs. Auburn

Auburn Tigers (18-14, 6-6 SEC) at Vanderbilt Commodores (14-19, 4-8)

When: Friday, 6 p.m. CST; Saturday, 2 p.m, CST; Sunday, 1 p.m. CST

Where: Hawkins Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Park dimensions: 310 to left (with a 35-foot wall), 400 to center, 330 to right, 375 to the

Park factor, 2008-11: 104

TV: Friday's game is on CSS and ESPN3.com

Radio: Nashville: 560 AM

Rankings: Neither team is ranked

Warren Nolan RPI: Vanderbilt 52, Auburn 43

Series record: Auburn leads 91-51-1, but VU has won the last four series and six of the last

RSpencer Navin.320111.402.437CRBlake Austin.25818.343.402
LConrad Gregor.307022.394.3901BRGarrett Cooper.333219.434.435
LRiley Reynolds.220111.242.3192BREric Payne.333018.397.411
RVince Conde.196215.263.3143BRJustin Bryant.29428.357.431
RAnthony Gomez.356030.416.386SSRDan Glevenyak.333117.400.417
LTony Kemp.288122.390.424LFLCullen Wacker.309119.409.364
RJohn Norwood.22716.233.364CFLEvan Marzilli.395218.487.540
RMike Yastrzemski.305322.429.424RFLGonzalez, Jay.273017.384.388
RChris Harvey.23606.283.327DHRZach Alvord.291321.351.417
RT.J. Pecoraro2.450-07.137Fri.RDerek Varnadore4.931-449.11436
RTyler Beede4.791-335.21038Sat.RJon Luke Jacobs2.534-0321135
LKevin Ziomek5.492-6411741Sun.LDaniel Koger2.032-248.21527

About the Tigers

Auburn is trying to rally under head coach John Pawlowski, who took over the struggling Tiger program three years ago. Pawlowski, who played and coached at Clemson (with Tim Corbin) had Auburn ranked 23rd in the nation until getting swept by arch-rival Alabama last weekend.

Up to last weekend, it appeared that Auburn was well on its way to challenging for the SEC West crown. The Tigers had already taken two of three games from LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. But the Tigers have not yet played an SEC East school, which of course includes South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt - which finished 1, 2 and 3 in the nation last year.

The sweep by Alabama was punctuated by a 4-3 loss in which Taylor Dugas hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the win.

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