Auburn soars into Top 25 following weekend sweep of Florida


Following its weekend sweep of preseason SEC co-champion Florida, the red-hot Auburn Tigers jumped to No. 20 in this week’s rankings. Auburn has won seven straight games and sits at 17-5 for the season.

Auburn joins six other SEC teams in the rankings this week. The seven ranked teams including, LSU (No. 5), South Carolina (No. 8), Florida (No. 11), Ole Miss (No. 14), Kentucky (No. 19) and Missouri (No. 24), are the most of any conference in the country.

The Tigers have been led this season by co-aces Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize. Thompson is 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA in five starts this season, while Mize is 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA. The two have combined for 69 strikeouts compared to just 12 walks. Opponents are hitting .173 against the dominant right-handers.

Auburn has been led at the plate by newcomers Jonah Todd and Jay Estes. The two junior college transfers are both hitting .338 on the season. Estes tallied four doubles in the three wins vs. Florida to give him the team lead with seven. Todd’s .433 on-base percentage gives him the team lead over Josh Anthony’s .430 OBP.

Auburn, who played its first 22 games at home this season, will hit the road for a mid-week, non-conference matchup vs. Georgia Tech on Tuesday. First pitch in Atlanta is set for 5 p.m. CST. The Tigers will remain on the road this weekend as it travels to Athens, Georgia for a three game series at Georgia.

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