‘It starts now’: Auburn hosts No. 21 Alabama to wrap up 2024 season


AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn (25-25, 6-21) wraps up its 2024 season with a three-game series against No. 21 Alabama (32-19, 12-15 SEC) Thursday through Saturday. First pitches at Plainsman Park are set for Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. CT and Saturday at 5 p.m.

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vs. No. 21 Alabama
Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, 2024
TV: SEC Network+/SEC Network 
Radio: Auburn Sports Network

"It's just a good time to know that it's going to be OK," head coach Butch Thompson said. "Put your head down and make it start today. I think that was kind of the theme from Missouri was 'It starts now'. The growth and the build-back and getting back to what we expect begins now and not waiting for the offseason, not waiting for next year. It starts now."
All three games will be broadcast on the Auburn Sports Network and can be heard locally on Wings 94.3 FM. Thursday and Friday's games will be streamed on SEC Network+, and Saturday's contest will be broadcast nationally on SEC Network.
Thursday – Sr. LHP Tanner Bauman (2-2, 4.84) vs. Sr. LHP Greg Farone (4-2, 4.22)
Friday – Jr. RHP Chase Allsup (3-3, 5.98) vs. Fr. LHP Zane Adams (4-4, 4.75)
Saturday – TBA vs. Jr. RHP Ben Hess (4-4, 6.22)
Auburn has won four of its last five games dating back to the series finale vs. Ole Miss.
The Tigers led the league with 12 home runs last week while tying for the league lead with 39 runs and tying for second with 44 hits.
Seven players homered last week, including four players who hit multiple home runs.
Auburn enters the weekend one of 14 teams in the country, including the only team in the SEC, that has hit at least 75 home runs and stolen at least 75 bases this season.
Six players who started at least three of the four games last week hit .300 or higher.
The starting rotation at Missouri went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 14.0 innings.
Nine seniors will be recognized prior to Thursday's game: Caden Green, Carter Wright, Javon Hernandez, Mason Maners, Tanner Bauman, Cooper McMurray, Christian Herberholz, Joseph Gonzalez and Ty Mauldin.
Auburn trails Alabama in the all-time series 138-168 but holds a 63-56 advantage at home.
The home team has won the series in each of the last four meetings.
Alabama enters the weekend with a 32-19 overall record and a 12-15 mark in SEC play. The Crimson Tide are 3-9 away from home in league play.
Offensively, Alabama ranks fourth in the league with a .304 overall average and .287 clip in conference play. Junior infielder Gage Miller leads the team in average (.376), and homers (18) and is tied for the lead in RBI (49).
On the mound, the Crimson Tide have turned in a 5.53 ERA with 440 strikeouts and 197 walks in 438.0 innings. That ERA number has increased to 6.82 in league play.
Thursday – Senior Night
Friday – Graduation recognition; All Auburn, All Orange; Rally towel giveaway
Saturday – Senior trading card giveaway; Postgame autograph session
New for 2024, gates open 90 minutes prior to first pitch.

  • Fans must enter Plainsman Park via the main gates located behind home plate or Tiger Terrace.
  • The gate located off Donahue Drive near the right field foul pole is closed due to construction.
  • Those with a reserved ticket or add-on access to the Hall of Fame Club may enter via the exterior glass door located off Donahue Drive.

Fans are encouraged to park in the athletics complex parking deck, coliseum lot, Neville Arena lot and stadium parking deck.

  • Donahue Drive from the Josh Donaldson Hitting Lab to the Tiger Walk corner of Donahue and Heisman Drive will be shut down from 1 hour and 15 minutes before first pitch through the middle of the first inning and from the top of the seventh inning until the stadium has been cleared of fans.
  • With part of the road closed due to construction, the road will open back up to one-way traffic controlled by an automated stop-and-go signal after the first inning.

Student seating inside Plainsman Park is in section 111 and Tiger Terrance on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can also access the new Back Forty Deck sponsored by Outdoor Alabama on a first-come, first-served basis via the walkway between the Josh Donaldson Hitting Lab and South Donahue Dorms.
For 2024, several concession locations have changed due to construction.

  • There will be no concessions available along the first base side of the ballpark, including Curveball Café and the food vendors located at Plainsman Patio.
  • Ben's Soft Pretzels has moved to the exterior concourse next to the ADA ramp on the third base side of the ballpark.
  • The Sweet Treats stand previously located at Plainsman Patio is now located at the main entry gate next to the ticket booth.
  • The Chick-fil-A stand previously located next at Plainsman Patio is now located in the former promotions booth on the exterior concourse. Chick-fil-A is available for all home games, excluding Sundays.

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