AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn is set to take on in-state foe South Alabama in the Max Clash at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday. First pitch in Montgomery is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
The game will be broadcast on the Auburn Sports Network and can be heard locally on 93.9 FM. Tickets for the contest can be purchased here.
Tuesday – Fr. RHP Joseph Gonzalez (0-1, 3.18) vs. Sr. RHP Matt Boswell (1-0, 3.98)
Auburn’s top five hitters in Tyler Miller, Ryan Bliss, Rankin Woley, Bryson Ware and Brody Moore are hitting a combined .362 (124-for-343) this season.
Miller enters the week as the national leader with 30 RBI. He has driven in a run in 12 of 18 games played this season and has two or more RBI in eight contests.
Woley is riding a season high 12-game hitting streak and is hitting .417 (20-for-48) during the streak. The 12-game hitting streak is the longest by an Auburn player since 2017.
Bliss has multiple hits in six straight contests and has two or more knocks is 37 of 73 games dating back to Apr. 1, 2019. He is hitting .342 during the 73-game span.
Joseph Gonzalez is set to make his second start Tuesday. Gonzalez made his first career start at UAB on Mar. 9 and retired the first 15 batters he faced with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Auburn has utilized 16 different starting lineups through 19 games this season.
Tuesday’s game marks Auburn’s fifth straight contest away from Plainsman Park.
The Tigers have won three straight meetings with South Alabama but trail the Jaguars 50-27 in the all-time series. The teams are 1-1 in previous neutral site meetings.
SCOUTING THE JAGUARS
South Alabama enters the week with a 10-9 overall record and started Sun Belt play by taking two or three games at UT Arlington last weekend.
The Jaguars lost five straight games from Mar. 6-13 but have won four of the last five games.
South Alabama is hitting .229 as a team, led by Michael Sandle’s .320 clip. Preseason Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Ethan Wilson is tied for the team lead with six doubles and has two home runs with nine RBI.
The Jaguars have turned in a 3.71 staff ERA and have struck out 183 batters while issuing 69 walks in 172.1 innings pitched.