SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: Auburn at Kentucky

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Auburn travels to Kentucky for a 3-game, Thursday-Saturday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews this series and predicts the series winner.

By 14Powers SEC Baseball Staff

Sonny DiChiara of Aubur
Sonny DiChiara of Auburn
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Ryan Ritter of Kentucky
Ryan Ritter of Kentucky

Series Schedule May 19-21

  Day Start Time (ET) TV Tickets
Game 1 Thursday 6:30 PM SEC Network+ Tickets
Game 2 Friday 6:30 PM SEC Network+ Tickets
Game 3 Saturday 2:00 PM SEC Network+ Tickets

Team Statistical Comparisons

Hitting

  BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR SF BB Bunts SB
Auburn 0.291 0.395 326 452 86 7 47 26 226 11 36
Kentucky 0.283 0.379 300 424 87 9 44 20 186 15 53

Pitching & Fielding

  ERA K/9 OBA HA/9 HB SWR WHIP HR BB/9 DP F%
Auburn 4.52 10.1 0.254 8.64 45 2.43 1.42 52 4.16 38 0.979
Kentucky 5.07 10.6 0.260 9.15 57 2.34 1.52 65 4.54 28 0.974

Statistical Leaders

Auburn Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Sonny DiChiara Auburn 0.399 0.569 61 15 0 16 45 56 0
Blake Rambusch Auburn 0.368 0.446 78 11 1 4 36 22 15
Brody Moore Auburn 0.291 0.355 57 9 0 4 26 19 4
Kason Howell Auburn 0.291 0.377 59 15 2 2 31 21 11
Cole Foster Auburn 0.259 0.391 36 5 0 6 32 25 1

Auburn Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Joseph Gonzalez Auburn 6 2 2.98 11 10 0 57.1 62 20 19 8 36 0.278
Trace Bright Auburn 2 4 4.77 13 13 0 62.1 57 38 33 32 68 0.242

Kentucky Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Daniel Harris IV Kentucky 0.32 0.407 54 8 2 2 25 18 12
Chase Estep Kentucky 0.309 0.419 60 12 1 13 43 33 16
Ryan Ritter Kentucky 0.278 0.36 54 9 2 7 31 16 12
Hunter Jump Kentucky 0.276 0.354 55 9 0 3 23 21 4
John Thrasher Kentucky 0.265 0.395 35 7 2 2 19 20 12
Jacob Plastiak Kentucky 0.258 0.348 50 10 2 12 41 20 3
Adam Fogel Kentucky 0.243 0.314 44 13 0 4 26 15 2
Alonzo Rubalcaba Kentucky 0.243 0.331 34 8 1 3 30 17 1

Kentucky Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Sean Harney Kentucky 5 4 3.09 14 4 1 55.1 51 19 19 16 57 0.244

Massey College Baseball Ranking Composite

Auburn:

4

Kentucky:

57

Auburn Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
46 Chase Allsup RHP 6′-1″ 220 Fr. Dothan AL
41 John Armstrong RHP 5′-11″ 200 Fr. Marietta GA
52 Jordan Armstrong RHP 6′-2″ 184 Sr. McDonough GA
18 Mason Barnett RHP 6′-0″ 218 Jr. Cartersville GA
31 Mike Bello OF 6′-1″ 190 Fr. Oak Ridge NJ
34 Ben Bosse RHP 6′-1″ 194 Fr. Brenham TX
21 Trace Bright RHP 6′-4″ 199 Jr. Montgomery AL
3 Brayton Brown OF 5′-9″ 180 Jr. Selma AL
51 Luke Burk IF 6′-0″ 219 Jr. Galena MO
40 Blake Burkhalter RHP 6′-0″ 204 Jr. Dothan AL
19 Brooks Carlson IF 5′-11″ 192 Gr. Mobile AL
23 Parker Carlson RHP 6′-1″ 170 Fr. Mobile AL
54 Konner Copeland LHP 6′-2″ 178 So. Satsuma AL
17 Sonny DiChiara IF 6′-1″ 263 Sr. Hoover AL
57 Tyler Drabick RHP 6′-2″ 193 Gr. North Canton OH
6 Ryan Dyal C 5′-10″ 197 R-So. Senoia GA
11 Garrett Farquhar IF 5′-11″ 187 5th Hoover AL
7 Cole Foster IF 6′-1″ 190 So. Plano TX
14 Brooks Fuller LHP 6′-3″ 210 Sr. Auburn AL
45 Joseph Gonzalez RHP 6′-4″ 230 So. Humacao P.R.
9 Cade Granzow RHP 6′-3″ 220 Fr. Franklin TN
2 Josh Hall OF 5′-9″ 192 R-Jr. Homewood AL
38 Wesley Helms IF 6′-0″ 180 Fr. Birmingham AL
16 Cam Hill IF/LHP 6′-5″ 215 So. Madison AL
10 Trevor Horne RHP 6′-3″ 196 Fr. Phenix City AL
5 Kason Howell OF 6′-0″ 180 Sr. Argyle TX
43 Chase Isbell RHP 6′-2″ 198 Jr. Riverside AL
37 Mason Land IF 5′-10″ 173 Jr. Cantonment FL
28 Nate LaRue C/RHP 6′-3″ 217 Jr. Mobile AL
4 Brody Moore IF 5′-11″ 183 Sr. Oneonta AL
33 Will Morrison RHP 6′-1″ 202 R-Jr. Cullman AL
72 Brody Moss IF 5′-11″ 173 Fr. Helena AL
20 Hayden Mullins LHP 6′-0″ 194 Jr. Gallatin TN
44 Grant Newton RHP 6′-4″ 236 Jr. Orange County CA
27 Bobby Peirce OF 6′-2″ 181 R-Jr. Scottsdale AZ
1 Blake Rambusch IF 5′-9″ 175 R-Jr. Austin TX
13 Ben Schorr C 6′-0″ 185 R-Fr. Columbus GA
47 Tommy Sheehan LHP 6′-0″ 209 Gr. Brielle NJ
55 Seaver Sheets IF/RHP 5′-9″ 255 Fr. Monroe LA
29 Carson Skipper LHP 6′-2″ 211 Sr. Trussville AL
32 Carson Swilling RHP 5′-11″ 196 So. Smiths Station AL
24 Peyton Sybrandt C 6′-3″ 224 R-Fr. Baton Rouge LA
22 Garrett Wade LHP 6′-3″ 199 R-Jr. Hartselle AL
8 Bryson Ware OF 6′-2″ 193 Jr. MadIson MS
50 Jake Wyandt C 5′-11″ 195 Gr. Laurel Md.

Kentucky Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
28 Oraj Anu OF 6′-1″ 240 Gr. Orlando FL
35 Tyler Bosma LHP 6′-6″ 230 Gr. Holland MI
7 Devin Burkes C 6′-3″ 210 R-Fr. Bradenton FL
41 Evan Byers LHP 5′-11″ 180 R-Fr. Nicholasville KY
6 Reuben Church INF 6′-2″ 245 So. Maryville TN
23 Magdiel Cotto LHP 6′-4″ 245 So. Fort Mill SC
30 Michael Dallas INF 6′-1″ 185 Fr. Arlington TN
31 Alex Degen RHP 6′-8″ 205 Sr. Readington Township NJ
12 Chase Estep INF 6′-0″ 195 Jr. Corbin KY
2 Jase Felker INF 6′-2″ 180 Jr. Princeton KY
55 Adam Fogel OF 6′-5″ 220 Gr. Palos Verdes Estates CA
11 Colby Frieda RHP 6′-3″ 220 Fr. St. Johns FL
44 Reed Gannon LHP 6′-3″ 195 Fr. Minooka IL
14 Tyler Guilfoil RHP 6′-4″ 215 Jr. Lexington KY
24 Ryan Hagenow RHP 6′-5″ 215 So. Knoxville TN
34 Sean Harney RHP 6′-0″ 190 Gr. Natick MA
54 Daniel Harper RHP 6′-4″ 225 Gr. Fairway KS
1 Daniel Harris IV INF 6′-0″ 195 Gr. Stone Moutain GA
50 Mason Hazelwood LHP 6′-5″ 235 Gr. Salvisa KY
46 Christian Howe RHP 6′-4″ 190 Fr. Danville KY
21 Wyatt Hudepohl RHP 6′-4″ 220 So. Mason OH
10 Hunter Jump OF 5′-11″ 210 Gr. Aliso Viejo CA
42 Tanner Kim INF/OF 6′-0″ 190 Fr. Knoxville TN
48 Zack Lee RHP 6′-4″ 200 Jr. Effingham IL
8 Kirk Liebert OF/C 6′-0″ 195 Sr. Owensboro KY
25 Seth Logue RHP 6′-1″ 180 So. Mason OH
19 Nolan McCarthy UTIL 6′-0″ 200 R-Fr. Kalamazoo MI
13 James McCoy INF 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Dunwoody GA
20 Mason Moore RHP 6′-4″ 205 Fr. Morehead KY
43 Jackson Nove LHP 6′-5″ 215 Fr. Fairfax Iowa
4 Émilien Pitre INF 5′-11″ 175 Fr. Repentigny QC
26 Jacob Plastiak INF 6′-3″ 225 Sr. Chicago IL
47 Ryan Ritter INF 6′-2″ 200 Jr. Tinley Park IL
9 Alonzo Rubalcaba C 6′-0″ 210 Sr. Fairfield CA
33 Travis Smith RHP 6′-4″ 215 Fr. Walton KY
49 Austin Strickland RHP 6′-2″ 205 So. Winchester OH
16 Cole Stupp RHP 6′-4″ 205 Jr. Milton GA
22 John Thrasher OF 6′-2″ 185 Gr. Ridgefield CT
5 Darren Williams RHP 6′-6″ 230 Gr. Maysville KY

Auburn Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb 12:00 PM ET Auburn 0 Oklahoma 3 SEC Network+
19-Feb 4:00 PM ET Texas Tech 1 Auburn 2 SEC Network+
20-Feb 11:30 AM ET Auburn 12 Kansas State 1 SEC Network+
23-Feb 7:00 PM ET Troy 1 Auburn 13 SEC Network+
25-Feb 7:00 PM ET Yale 0 Auburn 9 SEC Network+
26-Feb 3:00 PM ET Yale 5 Auburn 4 SEC Network+
27-Feb 2:00 PM ET Yale PPD Auburn PPD SEC Network+
1-Mar 7:00 PM ET Alabama State 7 Auburn 13 SEC Network+
2-Mar 7:00 PM ET UAB 1 Auburn 16 SEC Network+
4-Mar 7:00 PM ET Rhode Island 2 Auburn 7 SEC Network+
5-Mar 3:00 PM ET Rhode Island 0 Auburn 16 SEC Network+
6-Mar 2:00 PM ET Rhode Island 1 Auburn 14 SEC Network+
8-Mar 7:00 PM ET Tennessee Tech Auburn SEC Network+
11-Mar 7:00 PM ET MTSU 10 Auburn 8 SEC Network+
12-Mar 3:00 PM ET MTSU PPD Auburn PPD SEC Network+
13-Mar 2:00 PM ET MTSU 7 Auburn 10 SEC Network+
15-Mar 7:00 PM ET Kennesaw State PPD Auburn PPD SEC Network+
17-Mar 7:00 PM ET Ole Miss 13 Auburn 6 SEC Network
18-Mar 7:00 PM ET Ole Miss 5 Auburn 19 SEC Network+
19-Mar 3:00 PM ET Ole Miss 15 Auburn 2 SEC Network+
22-Mar 7:00 PM ET South Alabama 3 Auburn 13 SEC Network+
25-Mar 7:30 PM ET Auburn 6 Texas A&M 5 SEC Network+
26-Mar 3:00 PM ET Auburn 4 Texas A&M 5 SEC Network+
27-Mar 2:00 PM ET Auburn 13 Texas A&M 9 SEC Network+
29-Mar 7:00 PM ET J’Ville St 5 Auburn 2 SEC Network+
31-Mar 7:00 PM ET Auburn 6 LSU 5 SEC Network
1-Apr 7:30 PM ET Auburn 2 LSU 9 SEC Network+
2-Apr 2:00 PM ET Auburn 6 LSU 4 SEC Network+
5-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 6 UAB 4
8-Apr 7:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 1 Auburn 5 SEC Network+
9-Apr 5:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 19 Auburn 4 SEC Network+
10-Apr 2:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 2 Auburn 8 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET Samford 1 Auburn 4 SEC Network+
14-Apr 8:00 PM ET Auburn 6 Mississippi St 7 SEC Network
15-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 5 Mississippi St 9 SEC Network+
16-Apr 2:00 PM ET Auburn 3 Mississippi St 2 SEC Network+
19-Apr 7:00 PM ET Alabama State 5 Auburn 6 SEC Network+
20-Apr 6:00 PM ET Auburn 14 Kennesaw State 1 SEC Network+
22-Apr 7:00 PM ET South Carolina 3 Auburn 6 SEC Network+
23-Apr 3:00 PM ET South Carolina 6 Auburn 8 SEC Network+
24-Apr 2:00 PM ET South Carolina 0 Auburn 2 SEC Network+
26-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 8 J’Ville St 4 ESPN+
29-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 4 Tennessee 17 SEC Network
30-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 8 Tennessee 6 SEC Network
1-May 1:00 PM ET Auburn 3 Tennessee 5 SEC Network+
6-May 7:00 PM ET Arkansas 11 Auburn 8 SEC Network+
7-May 5:30 PM ET Arkansas 3 Auburn 5 SEC Network
8-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas 7 Auburn 4 SEC Network+
10-May 7:00 PM ET Auburn 11 Troy 4 ESPN+
13-May 8:30 PM ET Alabama 2 Auburn 3 SEC Network
14-May 3:00 PM ET Alabama 4 Auburn 6 SEC Network+
15-May 4:00 PM ET Alabama Auburn No Contest SEC Network
17-May 7:00 PM ET Auburn 8 Samford 4 ESPN+
19-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
20-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
21-May 2:00 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
May 24-29 SEC Baseball Tournament
Jun 3-27 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 10 J’Ville St 8 ESPN+
19-Feb 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 J’Ville St 2 ESPN+
20-Feb 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 J’Ville St 1 ESPN+
22-Feb 4:00 PM ET SE Missouri St PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network +
25-Feb 4:00 PM ET W Michigan 3 Kentucky 14 SEC Network+
26-Feb 1:00 PM ET W Michigan 12 Kentucky 13 SEC Network+
27-Feb 1:00 PM ET W Michigan 5 Kentucky 16 SEC Network+
1-Mar 4:00 PM ET Western KY 7 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
2-Mar 4:00 PM ET Evansville 4 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
4-Mar 4:00 PM ET TCU 11 Kentucky 13 SEC Network+
5-Mar 1:00 PM ET TCU 12 Kentucky 8 SEC Network+
6-Mar 1:00 PM ET TCU PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network+
8-Mar 4:00 PM ET Murray State 1 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
9-Mar 4:00 PM ET Ohio 9 Kentucky 8 SEC Network+
11-Mar 4:00 PM ET High Point 3 Kentucky 14 SEC Network+
11-Mar 4:00 PM ET High Point 5 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
12-Mar 1:00 PM ET High Point Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
13-Mar 1:00 PM ET High Point 3 Kentucky 4 SEC Network+
15-Mar 5:00 PM ET Kentucky 7 Indiana 20
18-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 2 Arkansas 6 SEC Network+
19-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 9 Arkansas 3 SEC Network+
20-Mar 3:00 PM ET Kentucky 1 Arkansas 3 SEC Network+
22-Mar 6:30 PM ET Morehead State 5 Kentucky 7 SEC Network+
25-Mar TBA Georgia 4 Kentucky 2 SEC Network+
26-Mar TBA Georgia 8 Kentucky 10 SEC Network+
27-Mar 12:00 PM ET Georgia 5 Kentucky 18 SEC Network
29-Mar 6:30 PM ET E Kentucky 6 Kentucky 3 SEC Network+
1-Apr TBA Ole Miss 2 Kentucky 1 SEC Network+
2-Apr TBA Ole Miss 2 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
3-Apr 1:00 PM ET Ole Miss 10 Kentucky 1 SEC Network+
5-Apr 6:30 PM ET Louisville PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network+
7-Apr 8:00 PM ET Kentucky 2 Texas A&M 3 ESPNU
8-Apr 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 7 Texas A&M 3 SEC Network+
9-Apr 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 3 Texas A&M 17 SEC Network
12-Apr 6:30 PM ET Bellarmine 1 Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
14-Apr 8:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 Missouri 6 ESPNU
15-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 4 Missouri 9 SEC Network+
16-Apr 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 Missouri 10 SEC Network
19-Apr 5:00 PM ET Kentucky 2 Louisville 4 ACC Network
22-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 10 Kentucky 0 SEC Network+
23-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 2 Kentucky 3 SEC Network
24-Apr 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 5 Kentucky 3 SEC Network+
26-Apr 6:30 PM ET Dayton 1 Kentucky 12 SEC Network+
29-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 2 Florida 9 SEC Network+
30-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 1 Florida 9 SEC Network+
1-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 8 Florida 1 SEC Network
5-May 7:00 PM ET Tennessee 2 Kentucky 3 SEC Network
6-May TBA Tennessee 2 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
7-May TBA Tennessee 7 Kentucky 2 SEC Network+
10-May 6:30 PM ET UT Martin Kentucky Canceled SEC Network+
13-May 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 3 South Carolina 11 SEC Network+
14-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 0 South Carolina 7 SEC Network
15-May TBA Kentucky 7 South Carolina 1 SEC Network+
17-May 6:30 PM ET Tennessee Tech 0 Kentucky 13 SEC Network+
19-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
20-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
21-May 2:00 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
May 24-29 SEC Baseball Tournament
Jun 3-27 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Auburn-Kentucky Series Prediction

These teams are meeting for the fifth time in the last 10 seasons after meeting annually between 2002-11. Auburn owns a 14-6 series lead since 1992, Kentucky has won the last two in 2018 and 2021, including a sweep of the Tigers in Auburn last year. Auburn’s last sweep over Kentucky came in Lexington in 2011. Between 1993-2011, Auburn won 13 of 15 series, but Kentucky has won three of the last four.

Auburn has posted 15+ SEC wins for the third time in the last five seasons and can record its most conference victories since it went 20-10 in 2010 (15-15 in 2018, 16-14 in 2017) with a series victory. The Tigers won their first two road series (Texas A&M & LSU) but have dropped their last two (Mississippi State & Tennessee). Auburn, who is playing on the road to close out SEC play for the third consecutive season, is 8-4 in conference play since starting 7-7.

Kentucky returns home where it has posted a 6-6 mark and owns series victories over Georgia and Tennessee. The Wildcats own a one-game lead over Mississippi State for the 12th spot in the SEC Tournament. Kentucky needs two wins to match last year’s SEC win total. For the third time in the last 13 seasons, the Wildcats close SEC play at home

Auburn 2 wins, Kentucky 1 win

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