Feb. 4, 2013
The 2013 edition of Auburn baseball, led by fifth-year head coach John Pawlowski , is set to open and tickets are on sale now online and through the Auburn Athletics Ticket Office.
The team officially debuts against Maine in a four-game series at Plainsman Park on Feb. 15, beginning a 34-game home schedule.
"Our team has high goals and aspirations and our guys have worked extremely hard," Pawlowski said. "We have a good, core group of returning players. The top four hitters are back from last year's team and pitching-wise we have some young, talented arms. There is a lot of excitement and energy heading into the season."
Tickets for the season are just $170 and packages are available for six-game mini-packs for $40, groups of 15 or more for $5 per game and single game tickets are $8. To order online, click here.
Auburn will be televised five times during the season, including home games against Vanderbilt, Alabama and Ole Miss.
HOME - Saturday, March 16 vs. Vanderbilt - FSN - 2:15 pm CT
HOME - Saturday, March 30 vs. Alabama - CSS - 3 pm CT
AWAY - Thursday, April 18 at Mississippi State - ESPNU - 6:30 pm CT
AWAY - Friday, April 19 at Mississippi State - CSS - 6:30 pm CT
HOME - Saturday, May 4 vs. Ole Miss - FSN - 2:15 pm CT
2013 Auburn Baseball Notebook
Auburn returns the top four hitters off of last year's team, which led the SEC and finished 18th in the national in team hitting with a .304 mark. Those returning are Ryan Tella (.360), Cullen Wacker (.350), Garrett Cooper (.324) and Dan Glevenyak (.319). The four of them also combined to score 141 out of 351 runs (40 percent).
Last year's team ERA of 3.92 was the lowest since the 2005 season and only the second time since 1996 that it was below 4.00. Sophomore Daniel Koger (3.19) led the team last season in ERA (min. 10 appearances) and was second in innings pitched (79).
Ryan Tella returns for his junior season after being an 11th-round pick of the San Francisco Giants and a Second Team All-SEC selection. Last year he led Auburn and was fourth in the SEC with a .360 batting average and also ranked among the conference leaders in slugging percentage (.508, 11th), on base percentage (.448, sixth), hits (85, fourth), triples (four, tied-fourth), total bases (120, seventh), walks (35, tied-eighth) and stolen bases (17, tied-third). In league-only games he was seventh in batting average (.333) and tied for third in hits (41).
Auburn will be looking to extend its streak of consecutive SEC Tournaments made to four. Auburn, which is 30-41 (.423) all-time at the tournament, is one of only five SEC teams to play in each of the past three SEC Tournaments, joining Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. This year's conference tournament has again expanded for a second straight season, jumping from 10 to 12 teams.
Auburn is a combined 47-43 (.522) in the SEC over the past three seasons. The 47 wins are the most over a three-year span since the team went 48-42 (.533) from 2001-03. Auburn's most wins over a three-year span came from 1997-99 and 1998-2000 when the program claimed 51 wins in each set.