Auburn Wins Most Important Game – Gives Sunny Golloway 1st Victory

By Posted on: February 15th, 2014 in Baseball, Featured Article 10 Comments »
Photo by Julie Bennett/al.com

                                     Sunny Golloway won his debut game at Auburn. (photo:Julie Bennett, al.com)

Just days after schools and businesses were closed in Auburn, Ala. for snow and ice, the Auburn Tigers opened their 2014 baseball season Friday in the Snow Bird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Tigers made new Coach Sunny Golloway‘s debut a happy one with a 4-0 shutout of Indiana State.

The victory came behind the pitching of Senior starter Dillon Ortman and closer RS Sophomore Justin Camp. The two combined to throw nine scoreless innings.

The Tigers have a new look for 2014. The new coach started five freshman in the opener. And Golloway has brought in the west coast style of ball of the hit and run, bunting, and putting a lot of pressure on the defense.

It has been a successful formula for the former Sooner coach, who in nine seasons in Norman, took his team to 8 NCAA Regionals, 4 Super Regionals (hosting 3)  and one College World Series.

The freshman Tigers provided five of Auburn’s seven hits with Damon Haecker getting it started by driving in Jordan Ebert on a two-out single in the second inning. Then Blake Austin hit a two out single in the sixth to drive home Keegan Thompson and Damek Tomscha. Finally J.J. Shaffer scored an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice bunt by Thompson.

“I thought we played the way we needed to play,” said Golloway “We pitched and we played defense, and that’s what we’ve been preaching to our guys.”

Golloway said he told his team before the game, “The most important game we’re going to play is this first game. We’ve got to get some confidence and learn how to win.”

Well the Tigers have won that most important game. Now it’s one down and 56 to go.

Auburn continues in the Snowbird Classic today as they face Ohio State at 11 a.m. CT in Port Charlotte. Senior Michael O’Neal will take the mound for Auburn.

Go Tigers beat the Buckeyes!

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  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    While at Oklahoma and ORU Golloway took 14 teams to the NCAA Tournament. I’m really looking forward to buying my ticket to his15th trip. I know it will take some time to build his program but I like his promise that Auburn will win quickly.

    Not many are expecting much from his first team but the same was true of Malzahn’s first team. I’m not saying Auburn will be in the final national championship game but I think we’ll surprise a lot of people this year.

  2. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Scoreless game in top of 4th inning in Port Charlotte

  3. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    After Auburn walks 2, Ohio State knocks one in to take a 1-0 lead in the 4th.

  4. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Tigers need a run. Half way through the game and Auburn has stranded 5 runners.

  5. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Heading to the 7th inning, still 1 run game.

  6. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Tigers load the bases and can’t get them in. After 7- nine runners LOB. Still one run game.

  7. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Trey Cochran-Gill takes over on the mound. Michael O’Neal threw 83 pitches and leaves after giving up only 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

  8. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Auburn trails 1-0 heading to the 9th. Austin, Grier, Haecker due up.Time to rally Tigers!

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Game ends on double play. Tigers 1-1 in Snow Bird Classic, will play UConn tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CT.

  9. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Good Guys beat UCONN Sunday 7-3.