Kevin Patterson had a 2 run double in Wednesday’s loss to South Carolina.
The 2011 Auburn Baseball season will either continue or end today when the Tigers take on Georgia in an elimination game in the SEC Tournament.
In Wednesday’s game Auburn appeared to have things in hand as the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead over South Carolina. However, the Gamecocks showed why they are the No.1 team in the nation when they came storming back to take a 7-3 victory at Birmingham’s Regions Park.
South Carolina’s ace Michael Roth settled down after that first inning and held the Tigers to six hits and two walks while pitching a complete game.
All-SEC catcher Tony Caldwell and First Baseman Kevin Patterson provided the Tiger offense. Caldwell (1-for-3) drove in Auburn’s first run with a two-out single and Patterson (2-for-4) drove in two with a double.
Auburn took two of three from Georgia during the regular season but the Bulldogs will be fighting to stay alive in the tournament too.
For the Tigers, (29-28) this game will be a do or die situation. They have to finish over .500 to have an opportunity to be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. A loss today would not only eliminate them from the SEC Tournament, but effectively eliminate them from any chance at the NCAA Tournament and end their season altogether.
Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “Our guys understand the magnitude of (the game) and they know we have to go out and play hard if we want to stick around for another day.”
Lets go Tigers. Beat them Dawgs!