Garret Cooper hit two homeruns in Tigers’ 3-1 victory over
Missouri April 26, 2013.
Last Friday the Auburn Baseball Team entered what may have been thier most important series to date. The Tigers needed to sweep13th place Missouri or at least win the series to help keep them in position for an NCAA Regional.
However, what should have been a big weekend for the Tigers (25-18, 7-14 SEC) ended with the 13th place Mizzou Tigers taking two of three and seriously hurting Auburn’s chances for making a regional.
Both teams came into the weekend needing to improve their record; Missouri won the battle, taking their first SEC series of the year. John Pawlowski said. “Give (Missouri) credit. They out-pitched us, they out-played us and certainly out-hit us.”
The two teams are now tied for 11th place and what’s worse, Missouri owns the tie breaker. In addition, the loss leaves Auburn in a precarious position in the race to make the SEC Tournament since only 12 teams make up the field.
Missouri (12-23, 4-13 SEC) represented Auburn’s best chance to make up ground on the rest of the league. Question now is, “Can Auburn still make both post season tournaments?” The answer is yes. It’s definitely possible. Yet the odds are stacked against them with three conference series left against No.14 Ole Miss, Arkansas, and No. 12 Florida on the road.
Pawlowski’s Tigers are now in a tough spot, needing to win at least two thirds of their remaining games to be in tournament contention; a tall order in any season much less when Auburn is sitting in the number 11 spot.
For the most part, Auburn pitching has been good enough to win; but the Tigers have either not produced at the plate or have been unable to bring runners home.
The same thing held true in Columbia. Except for Garrett Cooper‘s two home runs in Friday night’s 3-1 victory, the Tigers were unable to convert on scoring opportunities.
Auburn’s season is still salvageable but time and options are running out. The Tigers have painted themselves in a corner and the only thing they can do now is to fight. It’s time to get the job done.
Auburn will be back at Plainsman Park Friday through Sunday to host Ole Miss.)
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