No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 10 Auburn
HOOVER, Ala – The Auburn Tigers earned the No. 10 seed in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament and drew the No. 7 seed Alabama Crimson Tide. The two will face off in the second game of the tournament on Tuesday directly following Game 1 between Ole Miss and Kentucky in Hoover, Ala. at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Auburn (33-22, 13-17 SEC) dropped 2-of-3 games against Alabama in their last April conference series and won an early April single-game meeting. None of the four games was decided by more than four runs.
The Tigers will send lefty Connor Kendrick to the mound in Tuesday’s single elimination game. Kendrick is 5-3 this season with a 2.03 ERA.
“Connor’s done really good job for us and been very consistent,” said head coach John Pawlowski. “Especially since we moved him from the bullpen to the starting rotation.”
Alabama (32-24, 14-15 SEC) lost two of its final three conference series of the regular season and announced left-handed pitcher Justin Kamplain as the Tuesday starter against Auburn.
“We made the decision over the weekend at Vanderbilt that we felt is was really critical for us to try and get a win there,” said head coach Mitch Gaspard. “We saw an opportunity Friday night so we went to Justin.”
Kamplain only threw 38 pitches on Friday in 2.2 innings of work and gave up one hit and one earned run. On the season Kamplain is 1-0 with a 4.53 ERA.