Monday Musings From The Plains (5-20-19 Edition)
Ashlee Swindle pitched 3.1 scoreless innings on Friday before being carted off the field after being hit in the face by a line drive. Auburn won the game against Colorado State 10-5.
The Auburn softball team showed grit, determination, and a lot of heart over the weekend in having to face No. 6 national seed and regional host Arizona twice, including the NCAA Regional Championship round. That was particularly true after Auburn pitcher Ashlee Swindle suffered a scary injury Friday when she was hit over the eye by a line drive in the Tigers’ win over Colorado State.
“The winning and losing games, all that went out the window when she got hit with that ball,” said Coach Mickey Dean. “[Everything] kind of went out the window until we found out she was going to be okay.”
Thankfully Ashlee was okay but she was hospitalized with a concussion and was not able to return to the field for the remaining games.
Even with her absence from the line up Saturday, along with ace Makayla Martin out with a broken hand and shortstop Taylon Snow unavailable, the Tigers still came close in a 2–1 defeat to Arizona. On Sunday the Wildcats were just too much for Auburn’s depleted roster and the Tigers’ season ended in a 12–3 loss.
Coach Dean said he could not remember a season in his 20-year career that had so many injuries. With all the ups and downs this bunch had to face this season, it’s just amazing they finished the year with 40 wins. They didn’t make it to a Super Regional, but they came oh so close. Auburn fans can be proud of the way they represented Auburn University
The Women’s Golf Team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Sunday after finishing round two Sunday at 3 over par. The Tigers enter today’s round at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville in a tie for ninth place at 24 over.
The top eight teams in the third round will advance to match play beginning Tuesday. Here’s hoping the Tigers will be in the final eight.
Auburn men’s golfer Jovan Rebula has been named a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America). Rebula will lead the No. 11 Tigers in the NCAA Championship beginning Friday. It will be Auburn’s eighth consecutive trip to the National Championship Tournament. Only three other teams have accomplished that feat before.
Auburn baseball got a huge win over No. 20 LSU in Baton Rouge Saturday. Calling it a program win Coach, Butch Thompson said, “What this win will do today will be remembered here as one that kept this thing going. I’ll never let that go away as long as I have a say. I’ll always point to today to teach future teams. It was a huge character win.”
Trailing 4–2 in the ninth inning, Matt Scheffler drove an 0–2 pitch over the wall in left field to tie the game. Then in the 11th inning, Will Holland also hit an 0–2 pitch (this one down the line) to score Ryan Bliss from second base and win the game.
It was Auburn’s (32–23, 14–16 SEC) fifth extra-inning victory in seven extra-inning games this year. The Tigers will face Tennessee Tuesday in the SEC Tournament. Game time will be at 4:30 in the Hoover Met. Until next time War Eagle and …
Beat the Vols!