AUBURN, ALABAMA (EETV)- Auburn Baseball is set to host its home opener on Wednesday against the Troy Trojans. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. CST.
“Whenever we hook it up against an in-state opponent, we always want to do good against each other,” head coach Butch Thompson said. “We’re coming right out of the gate on Wednesday and we need to be at our best.”
Auburn is 6-0 in home openers under head coach Butch Thompson and have outscored opponents 55-13 in those games. This game will start a stretch of 17 of 18 games to be played inside Plainsman Park.
Auburn heads into this matchup with a 2-1 record following their weekend trip to Arlington, Texas for the State Farm College Baseball Showdown. The Tigers lone loss was a 3-0 defeat to Oklahoma in the season opener.
The Tigers won their final two games outscoring opponents 14-2, including a 12-1 win over Kansas State to close the weekend out.
The Tigers open at home against Troy. The last time these two teams faced was on May 15, 2018. That game resulted in a 9-5 home win for the Trojans. The Tigers have dominated the series historically winning 56 of the 79 games played in this series. Inside Plainsman Park, Auburn has gone 35-9.
Troy is heading into this game with a 4-0 record after sweeping Holy Cross last week. The Trojans outscored Holy Cross 44-8, including a 23-3 win. In those four games, the Trojans compiled 54 hits with five players recording six or more hits.
Tommy Sheehan is expected to start on the mound for Auburn. Sheehan is a graduate transfer from Notre Dame. The graduate senior has only made one appearance in the young season where he only pitched one inning in the loss to Oklahoma. In his lone appearance this season, Sheehan gave up one hit, struck one out and walked another.
Beau Fletcher is expected to start on the mound for the Trojans. Fletcher has made one appearance for Troy this season. The right-handed pitcher gave up one run on one hit and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
Gates open one hour prior to first pitch and Fans are encouraged to park in the coliseum parking lot, athletics complex parking deck and the ground level of the stadium parking deck. The Auburn Arena parking lot will be closed due to the men’s basketball game.
Students who plan on using the new outfield viewing plaza do not need to enter through the main student gate and can bring in outside food or beverage.