After getting out to its best start in SEC play in more than 40 years, Auburn baseball turns its attention Tuesday night to its in-state rival in a special neutral-site showdown in Alabama’s capital.
No. 17 Auburn (20-6, 3-1 SEC) will face Alabama (12-12, 1-5 SEC) in the 2017 Capital City Classic on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala.
The Tigers have won 10 of their last 11 games, rocketing into every major Top 25 poll in college baseball and turning plenty of heads in the SEC. They are fresh off a series win at Georgia, which came right after a home sweep of a top 10 Florida team.
Here’s what you need to know for this year’s Capital City Classic — a game that won’t count toward the SEC standings but will feature plenty of early bragging rights.
Capital City Classic: Auburn baseball vs. Alabama
- Date: Tuesday, March 28
- Time: 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
- Location: Riverwalk Stadium; Montgomery, Ala.
What channel is Auburn baseball vs. Alabama?
The 2017 Capital City Classic will be televised on ESPNU. Subscribers can watch online at Watch ESPN.
What you need to know
Crushing it in the capital city
Auburn is 7-1 all-time against Alabama in the Capital City Classic, which began in 2009. During the inaugural game, the Tigers rallied in the final inning to defeat the Crimson Tide, 8-7. Alabama won its first Capital City Classic in 2014, but Auburn responded with a 5-3 win in 2015 and a 10-1 blowout victory in 2016.
The best it’s been in a long time
Auburn baseball is in the midst of its best start to a season in quite some time. When the Tigers won their first four games of the SEC season, it was the first time they accomplished it since 1976. Auburn has won all six of its series so far this season, which is the longest streak since it won 10 straight in 2003. The Tigers also reached 20 wins in just 26 games, matching the hot start to the 2004 campaign.
Auburn’s army of aces
The Tigers are led by their pitching staff, which leads the SEC in ERA (2.21) and opposing batting average (.214) in league games. The trio of Keegan Thompson, Casey Mize and reliever Cole Lipscomb have a combined record of 10-1 this season. Davis Daniel recently took home SEC freshman of the week honors after pitching six shutout innings for his first conference win against Georgia.