Justin Camp will take the mound for Auburn tonight. (photo:Lauren Barnard,auburntigers.com)
Auburn and Alabama have been playing in Montgomery’s Capital City Classic since 2009. In those five years, the Tigers have never lost to the Tide. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. Auburn will be looking to extend that streak to six games.
Often dubbed the Iron Bowl of Baseball, the classic is played at Riverwalk Stadium, home to the city’s Class AA Minor League team, the ‘Biscuits.’
Although the game doesn’t count toward conference standings, it can be a bell-weather for the SEC season which opens next week. Alabama (5-5) comes into the game hot off of a 12-6 upset of No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette, while Auburn (6-5) is looking to put a tumultuous week behind them with a victory over their biggest rival.
Senior Ryan Tella, Senior Damek Tomscha, and Freshman Keegan Thompson have led a resurgence for Auburn hitting. The Tigers’ team average drastically improved from .270 to .371 in the weekend series against Presbyterian Coolege. Tella is batting .433 and Tomscha (.371) leads the team in RBI’s with 10 while Thompson hit .417 for the series. Keegan was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week after pitching a one hit complete shutout (3-0) over Presbyterian Saturday.
To outsiders, it may not seem like a big deal when two teams barely playing 500 ball meet but it’s always a big deal whenever Auburn and Alabama meet in any competition. And tonight’s contest has the added drama of being new Auburn Coach, Sunny Golloway’s initiation to the rivalry.
Golloway says he is aware of the significance of the game, adding that, “I think we’re going to have the (big) crowd and electricity and it’s going to be a great learning experience for our young club. I’m looking forward to playing (them).”
No doubt it will be another exciting game in front of a packed house. Hopefully the Tigers can keep the streak going. If you’re in the area, come out and support the Orange and Blue. Auburn will start Sophomore right hander Justin Camp (0-1, 2.13) and Bama will counter with Freshman right hander Nick Eicholtz (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch will be at 7 p.m.
Auburn fell to Bama 4-3 . The Tigers didn’t trail until the Tide scored the winning run in the ninth. With two outs, third baseman Connor Short’s throw on a Ben Moore grounder sailed over first baseman Keegan Thompson’s head. Mikey White scored from second base and Bama held on in the bottom of the ninth to win their first Cap Classic.
The Tigers will host Mercer this weekend in their final non conference series. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. CT. Friday.
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