“This Game is Much Bigger Than AU Baseball”

By Posted on: May 21st, 2013 in Baseball 13 Comments »
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The Auburn Baseball Team is set to play a big game today when they take on Alabama in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover.

As our Senior Editor, Jay Coulter said , “The stakes are pretty high.” A possible NCAA Regional is riding on the game for both teams and with it, at least one coach’s job could be on the line.

In addition, the winner moves on – the loser goes home. And then there’s that other thing … beating your arch rival.

Neither fan base wants to ever lose to the other –  in anything. So it’s a big game, the biggest for both programs all year.

But for Auburn it may be even bigger. As Track ‘em Tigers member Buddy Ro commented here yesterday, ” There are rare opportunities for AU baseball to set the tone of the year for Auburn athletics …

“This game is much bigger than AU baseball.”

After disappointing bottom dweller seasons in the other two major sports, the baseball team carries the weight of redemption for the 2012-2013 athletic year.

While playing in Hoover should be a plus for Alabama, (it will almost be like a home game). the Tide will be facing one of the hottest teams in the league when they go against the Tigers.

Auburn enters the game riding a wave of momentum, having won their last three series against No.18 Ole Miss, No.19 Florida on the road, and No.11 Arkansas at home.

For the most part, the pitching has been there for Auburn all year. It’s the hitting and especially timely hitting that has sparked the remarkable turnaround.

If the Tigers can keep the hot bats going … they will win, keep their NCAA Regional hopes alive, and more importantly finish the Auburn Athletic year on a winning note.

Go Tigers, Beat Bama!

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Editor’s Note:
Auburn will send the SEC Pitcher of the Week, Conner Kendrick (5-3) to the mound and Bama will counter with the guy they believe to be their best hurler, Justin Kamplain (1-0). First pitch will be 30 minutes after the end of the first game (probably around 12:30).

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  1. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Beat Bama! That is all.

    War Eagle!

  2. daledotwd says:

    Beat Bama! Just DO IT! War Damn Eagle!!!!

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Agree, this game has more significance than just who gets in a regional. That being said,
    “Give ‘em Hell you War Damn Eagles!

  4. buddy Ro buddy Ro says:

    Woke up excited today. I usually like the dog in these scenarios, and Auburn’s got some mo they’re bringing to Hoover. Lets get after it tonight Tigers!

  5. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Update: Bottom of the 4th inning
    AU-3
    UA-1
    The game is on ESPN3.com if anyone is near a computer

  6. buddy Ro buddy Ro says:

    GO you AUBURN TIGERS,… GO!

  7. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Bama ties it in the 6th, 3-3, AU changing pitchers

  8. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Bama loads the bases with no outs, right handed reliever, Carter, comes in and retires the side with no runs. Great job of relief. Still tied 3-3

  9. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Bottom of the 8th. Carter again retires the side in order. Going to the top of the 8th, still tied at 3-3. AU coming to bat with a chance to put it away with some runs.

  10. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    It’s official Pawlowski is an idiot… He coached himself out of the game by pulling Carter while he was hot.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Reminiscent of growing up listening to Bobby Cox manage the Braves. Phil Niekro would have his knuckle-ball cooking, but Cox was scared to have him pitch more than 6 innings. Atlanta would be in a tight game, and they’d send in Gene Garber to save it. Garber would strike out the side a couple of innings, and Cox would lift him to pinch hit, and get shelled in the 8th or 9th. Gotta stick with what’s working…

      • Todd92 Todd92 says:

        I remember those games all too well, Acid. Gene Garber had possibly the ugliest throwing motion in the majors but got I loved watching him make a fool outta the batter. When Niekro was pitching it was more fun to watch the catcher trying to guess where the ball was going to end up.

  11. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Sorry to report Bama scores 3 late and wins 6-3. Auburn must now rely on their good RPI to get them to the regionals.