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Auburn Freshman Delivers Biggest Hit of His Life to Advance Tigers in SEC Tournament

By on May 23rd, 2018 in Baseball, News Comment »

Auburn players mob hero of the game after Edouard Julien's game winning hit in SEC Tournament (photo: Dennis Victory/al.com)

“I just wanted to put the ball in play, anything that could’ve helped the team win.” And Auburn’s Edouard Julien did just that in the Tiger’s SEC Tournament victory over Kentucky Tuesday.

Leading 3–2 in the ninth inning Auburn appeared to be on its way to an opening round victory when the Wildcats forced extra innings. Then in the bottom of the 11th  with the game tied 3–3 and runners on first and second, Julien (who had gone 0–4 with three strikeouts on the night) stood at the plate, facing a 3–2 count. The designated hitter drove the next pitch to left center field for a walkoff single to beat Kentucky 4–3 and send the Wildcats (34–22) back to Lexington.

It’s unbelievable,” said Julien. “It’s probably the biggest hit I’ve had in my life, and I’m happy I did it for the team.”

Auburn coach Butch Thompson wasn’t available for comment as he had to hurry back to Auburn to attend his daughter’s high school graduation. But assistant coach Gabe Gross said he was particularly proud of Julien. “[Edouard’s] struggled a little bit against left-handed pitching this year but came through in a big way.”

“We hadn’t had [a game] like this in a while,” continued Gross. “It’s so good for our guys to be locked into a struggle with another team and swap blows.” Hopefully it will give the team momentum as it sinto the double-elimination portion of the tourney.

The walkoff win was Auburn’s first in the SEC Tournament in 19 years. The Tiger bench emptied on to the field to mob Julien as he ran the base paths. His timely hit keeps Auburn hopes alive for hosting an NCAA regional. The last time the Tigers (38–19, 15–15 SEC) did that was in 2010.

Coach Thompson said earlier this week that he felt the Tigers have already done enough with their record and 12 RPI. However, Thompson doesn’t have a voice on the selection  committee. So the further Auburn can advance in the SEC Tourney, the more the selection chances improve.

The Tigers face a tough challenge Wednesday, though, when they play No. 2 seed Ole Miss (42–14, 18–12 SEC). It looks like another Auburn freshman will be thrust into the  spotlight as right-hander Tanner Burns (5–4, 3.33) will take the mound for the Tigers at 1 p.m. CT in Hoover’s Metropolitan Stadium.

Go Tigers, Beat Ole Miss!

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Auburn Softball Review: Season Ends in Regionals, Tigers Look to Future

By on May 22nd, 2018 in News, Other Sports 4 Comments »
It’s been a tough few days to be an Auburn softball fan. The entire Southeastern Conference made it to regional play with nine of the SEC teams hosting regionals. But for the first time in several years, Auburn wasn't one of them. The Tigers sat just outside the Top 16 and had a chance in the last week of play and possibly the... Read Full Story

This and That for Your Weekend

By on May 18th, 2018 in Football 5 Comments »
I expect a big year for Auburn football (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! We'll take a break this week from the preview business, and take a look around the Auburn sports world. Next week, I'll get back to Auburn's opponents, when Auburn hosts a rebuilding Arkansas team in week 4. This week will be a more laidb... Read Full Story

Intercollegiate Athletics Has Lost a Giant and the SEC a Legend

By on May 16th, 2018 in Football, News 8 Comments »
Mike Slive, the man who almost single-handedly changed the face of intercollegiate athletics, has passed away. He was commissioner of the Southeastern Conference from 2002 to 2015, but his influence reached further than just the footprint of the 14-member league. He set the standard for other leagues when he negotiated huge tel... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Begins NCAA Regionals—Tiger Baseball Destination May Be Determined This Weekend

The Southeastern Conference is known nationally as a powerhouse football conference, however, the SEC is also one of the toughest softball leagues in the nation. Proof of that came Sunday when for the second straight year the SEC placed all 13 teams in the NCAA Tournament.Yet, for the first time in four years, Auburn (40–15) w... Read Full Story

Tigers vs. Tigers at Jordan-Hare! (Previewing Auburn’s SEC opening matchup against the LSU Tigers)

By on May 11th, 2018 in Football 6 Comments »
A titanic war in the trenches awaits!(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for the first Auburn SEC game preview of the year! On September 15th, Auburn will host the LSU Tigers in the SEC opener for both teams. This is an important battle in a loaded SEC Western Division. Last year, LSU nipped Auburn ... Read Full Story

Tigers Bounced By Bama, Wait for NCAA Tourney Destination

By on May 10th, 2018 in News, Other Sports 3 Comments »
Wednesday night, Auburn softball took the field against its hated rival in their first game of the SEC Tournament in Columbia, Missouri. It would end up being the Tigers last game of the tournament as Alabama advanced to take on first seed Florida on Thursday. The Tigers finished their SEC season 11–13 when Bama evened the sea... Read Full Story

Keeping Up with the Joneses

By on May 9th, 2018 in Football, News 22 Comments »
Like many schools across the nation, Auburn experienced the flight of many early departures to the NFL draft as well as seniors looking to make their mark on the next level. Unlike its rivals Georgia and Alabama, Auburn had no first round draft picks, despite being the only team in college football to beat both of those teams th... Read Full Story

AU Softball Ends Season with Shutout Sweep … Ready to Face Tide in SEC Tournament

By on May 8th, 2018 in News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
It's just what the Tigers needed after getting swept in the last SEC series of the season. With the SEC tournament kicking off Wednesday against the Crimson Tide, an offensive breakout is exactly the medicine Auburn needs to go after another SEC crown. The Texas A&M pitching and defense stifled the Tigers, who scored just t... Read Full Story

Around The Plains… Monday Musings

From Auburn football recruiting to the SEC Softball Tournament to baseball's offensive resurgence and more in this edition of Monday Musings.

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This and That in Early May in Auburn

By on May 3rd, 2018 in Football 5 Comments »
Alabama State's marching band can put on quite the show!     War Eagle, everybody! This week, I should be previewing Auburn's second football opponent of the season. Auburn will host the Alabama State Hornets on September 8th. While I could try to make comparisons down through the various positions for this game, there reall... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Review: Tigers End SEC Play Getting Swept

By on May 1st, 2018 in News, Other Sports 10 Comments »
There’s really no way to put it other than the Tigers limped to the finish line this season, the first under Mickey Dean. Auburn ended the SEC season with an 11–12 record, the first conference losing record since the 2012–2013 season when they finished 42–19–1 and 11–13 in conference before being defeated by Minnesot... Read Full Story

Auburn Faces More Dogs in Atlanta (Previewing Auburn’s Season Opening Matchup Against the Washington Huskies)

By on April 27th, 2018 in Football 13 Comments »
Veteran quarterback Jake Browning takes one in for a score      War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for the first Auburn game preview of the year! On September 1st, Auburn returns to Atlanta to take on Washington in the season opener. These are a pair of dangerous teams that were close last year, but did not win their respec... Read Full Story

Auburn Baseball is Playing in the Zone

By on April 24th, 2018 in Baseball, News 2 Comments »
The Auburn Baseball team appeared to be in the zone last week with a 12–2 beat down of UAB. Question was, could the Tigers continue the high level of play against SEC competition? The answer came resoundingly over the weekend as the Tigers went on the road and swept Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1976. Auburn... Read Full Story

Recap of a Wonderful Weekend for Auburn Athletics

Auburn Equestrian won its second national title in three years on Saturday, topping Georgia 10–5. And the baseball and softball teams turned things around in a big way over the weekend.

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Auburn Equestrian National Champs Again!

By on April 22nd, 2018 in News, Other Sports 3 Comments »
The Auburn Equestrian team won its fifth National Championship Saturday. The Tigers did it by dominating rival Georgia 10–5. It was the program’s second National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship title in the last three years. Caitlin Boyle was named the Most Outstanding Performer for the championship in Fences... Read Full Story

Defensive Superlatives?

By on April 19th, 2018 in Football, News 7 Comments »
It's going to be tough for any offense to run the ball with 10 defenders in the box (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! It is time now for a post-spring look at the Auburn defense. It is hard not to be excited about this year's prospects after a dominant A-Day performance. The top two units started on A-Day, hold... Read Full Story

Midweek Ramblings From The Plains

From Auburn Baseball's offensive resurgence to a new Basketball assistant to Auburn Equestrian going for their 5th National title this week & more in this edition of Ramblings.

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Looking Ahead: Auburn Basketball in 2018-2019

By on April 17th, 2018 in Basketball, News 3 Comments »

Bruce Pearl now has another job ahead of him due to players leaving the program either to transfer or to try their luck in the NBA Draft. In this article, we take a look at who is leaving, who is coming back, and who will be coming in to fill the gaps.

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Auburn Avoids Last Place With Series Win

By on April 16th, 2018 in Baseball, News 2 Comments »
After losing three straight conference series, including a series sweep by Arkansas last week, Auburn baseball rebounded with a series win against Mississippi State this past weekend. Friday night included the usual stellar performance we’ve come to expect from Casey Mize as he allowed just one run in his fourth career comple... Read Full Story

Another Offensive Juggernaut?

By on April 12th, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »

War Eagle, everybody! Spring football practice is over, and it's time to start looking ahead. I think coming out of A-Day, offense is where most of the real questions lie about this year's Auburn football team. We will start the long haul till September with some speculation about the offense.

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