Top-ranked Florida opens series vs. Auburn tonight

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Florida's baseball home: McKethan Stadium. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

The top-ranked Florida baseball team gets a chance at some payback against visiting Auburn starting at 7 tonight. The Tigers (30-12, 9-9 SEC) swept the Gators (34-9, 14-4) to open last year’s SEC regular-season schedule.

Florida did beat Auburn in the SEC Tournament. Three of the four games last year were decided by one run. Overall, Auburn leads the series 131-113-2.

Auburn is riding a six-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents 70-19 during the span. The Tigers are hitting .332 with 70 runs on 72 hits and have also turned in a 3.00 ERA.

Florida holds a four-game lead in the SEC. The Gators have won each of their first six SEC series, including a sweep of Missouri and Vanderbilt at home. Florida is hitting .290 as a team and ranks second in the SEC with a .295 average during conference play. Jonathan India leads the SEC with a .415 batting average, while Wil Dalton ranks first in the conference in home runs (16) and RBI (47).

This weekend will be a premiere pitching showcase for MLB scouts, as three of the nation’s top prospects will be on the mound. Tonight, Florida’s Brady Singer (8-1, 2.77 ERA) and Auburn’s Casey Mize (8-1, 2.25) will face off starting at 7 (ESPNU). The Gators’ Jackson Kowar (7-1, 2.40) will start Friday night. All three pitchers are rated among the Top 10 draft prospects by MLB.com.

Friday’s game is schedule for 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s at 2 p.m. Both games can be streamed on SEC Network+.