The Auburn Tigers baseball team hosts the fifth-ranked Florida Gators in a three-game series this weekend, beginning with a big-time pitcher’s dual Friday night at Plainsman Park.
The Gators (13-5) send ace Alex Faedo to the mound against the Tigers (14-5) in Game 1. In four starts, Faedo — a projected Top 10 pick in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft — is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA. He’s allowed 13 hits and 4 earned runs in 26.1 innings while striking out 30 batters.
But his quest for another win won’t come easy. Auburn will counter with its ace, junior right-hander Keegan Thompson. In his four starts, Thompson has been as good as Faedo, if not better. Thompson is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA, with 15 hits and 2 earned runs allowed in 28.1 innings pitched.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s series in Auburn:
Auburn baseball vs. Florida game time, details
Game 1: Friday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network + or watch online here
Game 2: Saturday, March 18, 3 p.m. ET, SEC Network + or watch online here
Game 3: Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m., ET, SEC Network + or watch online here
Location: Plainsman Park, Auburn, Ala.
What TV channels are the Auburn baseball vs. Florida games on?
SEC Network+ is televising Games 1, 2 and 3 of the series.
How can I watch the Auburn baseball vs. Florida games online?
How can I listen to the Auburn baseball vs. Florida games?
You can follow the game on the Auburn Radio Network.
What you should know
What about the bats?
You know that Faedo vs. Thompson should be a great matchup if you like pitching, but who gets the edge with their lineup? That might go to the Tigers. Auburn is batting .305 with 128 runs scored this season. Florida is last in the SEC with a .247 team batting average with just 83 runs scored. The Gators allow the fewest runs in the conference (52), which has allowed them time to figure out things at the plate.
Not a bad No. 2, either
Saturday promises to be another low-scoring matchup, at least on paper. Both teams will trot out sophomore right-handers. Auburn brings Casey Mize (2-0, 0.40 ERA), who has allowed 17 hits and 1 earned run in 22.1 innings while striking out an SEC-best 38 batters. Florida will send Brady Singer to the hill. He’s 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 4 starts. In 24.0 innings, he’s allowed 21 hits and struck out 27 batters.