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No. 4 Tennessee Baseball at Auburn: How To Watch, Pitching Matchups, Prediction

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After an eight-game home stand, Tennessee baseball heads back on the road for a three-game series at Auburn this weekend.

The Vols have won back-to-back SEC series at home and are looking for their first road series win of the season as they face an Auburn team off to a rough start in conference play.

Here’s everything to know about the weekend series.

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How To Watch — No. 4 Tennessee (24-5, 5-4 SEC) at Auburn (17-11, 1-8 SEC)

Game One

  • 7 p.m. ET
  • Stream: SEC Network+
  • PxP: JJ Jackson, CC: Mark Fuller

Game Two

  • 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Stream: SEC Network+
  • PxP: JJ Jackson, CC: Gregg Olson

Game Three

  • 2 p.m. ET
  • Stream: SEC Network+
  • PxP: Lyn Rollins, CC: Steve Smith

What Tennessee HC Tony Vitello Said About Auburn

On if Auburn’s record (17-11, 1-8 SEC) is deceiving

“According to people maybe where I used to work that have played them already, very deceiving and I think that’s part of the deal with being in the league. I think we’ve experienced it in our program and other teams you’ve seen it, too. It’s a 30-game schedule and the the fun thing about it, you can do a lot of things in a short amount of time and the stressful thing about it is you can, you know, kind of go the other way in a short amount of time as well. So a little bit of its nature of the league, but the two things that’ll always hold constant with our conference is it’s a very big challenge to go on the road and play well and also win a series. And then every team that you play during those 30 games is gonna be a very difficult challenge as well.”

On what makes Auburn dangerous offensively

“The two left-hand hitters (Ike Irish and Cooper McMurray). Irish is doing a lot of catching and then McMurray at first base kind of took the baton from Sonny (DiChiara). There’ll always only be one Sonny, but he took the baton from him and it kind of works that way in this league. You usually got two or three guys that the rest of the lineup, you know, maybe operates around a little bit. I don’t know if that’s a fair way to say it, but there’s other guys too, you know, the right fielder’s (Bobby Pierce) been there a long time and has a lot of experience. So a of, to be honest with you, it’s a generic answer, but a lot of the things that the other teams have in the league, they do too.”

Projected Pitching Matchups

Game One

RHP AJ Causey (5-1, 3.53 ERA, 35.2 IP, 47 K, 8 BB, 1.07 WHIP) vs. RHP Dylan Watts (0-0, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 15 K, 1 BB, 1.23 WHIP)

Game Two:

RHP Drew Beam (3-1, 4.06 ERA, 37.2 IP, 32 K, 6 BB, 1.33 WHIP) vs. TBD

Game Three:


Bats To Know


1B Blake Burke — .400/.471/.833, 10 HR, 26 EBH, 25 RBI, 14 BB, 19 K

2B Christian Moore — .333/.415/.667, 10 HR, 18 EBH, 19 RBI, 15 BB, 25 K

OF Kavares Tears — .413/.504/.761, 8 HR, 16 EBH, 26 RBI, 18 BB, 19 K

LF Dylan Dreiling — .360/.482/.756, 10 HR, 21 EBH, 37 RBI, 20 BB, 21 K

DH Dalton Bargo — .375/.466/.709, 4 HR, 8 EBH, 19 RBI, 7 BB, 14 K


Cooper McMurray — .371/.504/.794, 11 HR, 19 EBH, 42 RBI, 22 BB, 28 K

Ike Irish — .363/.444/.756, 10 HR, 20 EBH, 45 RBI, 15 BB, 15 K

Mason Manners — .340/.442/.638, 6 HR, 14 EBH, 14 RBI, 14 BB, 25 K

Cooper Weiss — .319/.472/.489, 3 HR, 10 EBH, 23 RBI, 27 BB, 24 K, 24 SB

Bobby Peirce — .227/.348/.443, 5 HR, 9 EBH, 19 RBI, 13 BB, 29 RBI

Last Three Series


  • Won two out of three against Georgia at home
  • Won two out of three against Ole Miss at home
  • Dropped two out of three at Alabama


  • Swept at Vanderbilt
  • Dropped two out of three against Arkansas at home
  • Swept at Texas A&M


Tennessee heads on the road to face an Auburn team that has struggled to open SEC play. The Tigers are better than their 1-8 record looks though, losing three of those games by one run and another by two runs.

This series could be similar to the Georgia series. Auburn has a strong offense but has very little pitching depth. Offense will be prevalent throughout the weekend series.

Tennessee is the better team but I think this series will be more competitive than people think.

Tennessee wins two out of three

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