Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wallen adjusts to closers' role

By Charles Bennett

AUBURN – When Auburn’s coaches approached pitcher Ethan Wallen about being the Tigers’ closer, he jumped at the chance.
“I just wanted the ball,” said Wallen, a junior from Anderson who was a three-sport athlete at Lauderdale County High. “I was all in for it.”
The results thus far seem to indicate that both Wallen and the coaches made a good decision.
Heading into this weekend’s three-game SEC series at Mississippi State, Wallen is 1-2 with four saves in nine relief appearances for the Tigers (14-7, 2-1 SEC) and has the team’s best earned run average at 2.14.


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