With just two weeks left until Opening Day and with one week of spring practice under its belt, the Auburn baseball team held its annual preseason media day on Friday afternoon at Plainsman Park. While the media session was going on, the Southeastern Conference office released its television schedule, and Auburn will have a total of five games televised through the package.
"We are excited about Opening Day being two weeks away from today," said Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski, who is entering his fourth year. "I am excited about this group. We have an experienced offensive group back and I think that will play an important role in what we are trying to do."
Auburn will appear on television three times at Plainsman Park, beginning with its first appearance on Sat., March 16 when it plays host to Vanderbilt. FSN will broadcast the action live at 2:15pm. Fans should note this is a change from the original first pitch of 3pm.
Auburn's next television appearance will be on Sat., March 30 in the series finale against Alabama at Plainsman Park. CSS, which was one of the media outlets that covered Friday's media day, will televise the game at 3pm, which is a change from the original 1pm start time.
Auburn will be on television on back-to-back days in April when it travels to Mississippi State. Thursday night's game has already been announced as part of the ESPNU SEC Thursday Night Baseball Series (6:30pm first pitch) and CSS has picked up Friday's game, which will also start at 6:30pm.
The final scheduled television game takes place on Sat., May 4 when FSN will broadcast the Ole Miss game. First pitch is set for 2:15pm, moved up from the original 3pm start time.Preseason All-America Ryan Tella, a junior outfielder, was the big draw on media day, talking to all of the Auburn baseball team's beat writers and local radio personalities as well as filming interviews for state-wide television stations.
Other players in high demand were sophomore left-handed pitcher Daniel Koger, who is expected to be one of the weekend starters, senior outfielder Cullen Wacker and sophomore right-handed pitcher Rocky McCord.
"It feel great to be back out here playing and scrimmaging and getting a feel for balls off the bat," Wacker said. "We are definitely confident offensively and the pitching lately has been really good. We feel like if we can pitch and play solid defense we can hang in with anybody in the league."
Auburn opens the season on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3pm against Maine at Plainsman Park.