With a seven-game losing streak hanging over its head, No. 24 Auburn will return home for the final regular season series of the year as the Tigers host Ole Miss.
Auburn head coach Butch Thompson put his team through two-a-days practice this week trying to get back to the fundamentals.
“I think it was good, it allowed us to probably spend more time together as a ball club now that school is out and limitations for practice,” Thompson said. “What it allowed us to do is get on the field for a shorter period of time, but maybe with a little more intensity. We felt like after the last two weeks, we needed to refocus on fundamentals and get back after it.”
After a long week of practice, Thompson is confident his team will be ready to return to its winning ways this weekend vs. Ole Miss.
“Every team gets to that point in the season where you got to win games, and we feel like we’re doing everything we can to try to win our 7th SEC series out of 10 weekends,” Thompson said. “We are at that point of the season where we got to win games, got to win a series. You want to play your best baseball once you get to this point of the season. We know we are playing for a lot. The timing of not playing well was not the best in the world for us, but we still have so much in front of us.”
Auburn will return to its original weekend rotation with Keegan Thompson getting the ball Thursday night in the series opener. Casey Mize and Davis Daniel will follow on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
“I think the last couple of starts by those guys have not been as sharp as they were early,” Thompson said about Keegan Thompson and Mize. “We are looking for a second wind because those guys have done so much to put us in a great position. For us to get back going again, they need to be at their best.”
Shortstop Luke Jarvis will be a game-time decision this weekend as he battles with back spasms. He missed all three games last weekend at LSU.
Auburn and Ole Miss will begin its three-game series Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Plainsman Park. The series will continue Friday at 6 p.m. and conclude Saturday at 1 p.m.