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A New Start For Auburn Baseball

By on February 17th, 2017 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »
Butch Thompson 
Auburn baseball vs Troy on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Auburn, Ala.  
Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics

Butch Thompson begins his second season on the Plains (Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics)

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. It’s time for baseball, that great American pastime. And on the college level, baseball usually comes before the beginning of spring. And, like spring, it awakens thoughts of new life.

It brings hope and stirs the imagination like no other sport. After all it is part of the American fabric. Coming at the start of spring every year it reminds us of new beginnings, new birth, and a chance to start over.

Auburn baseball could use  a fresh start after the Tigers finished last season with a disappointing 23–32 overall, 8–23 SEC record. Even so, the Tigers were a force at the plate as Auburn scored 343 runs in 55 games in 2016, up from 2015’s final total of 301 (in 62 games). Auburn’s 35 homers bested the team’s 2015 total of 18.

However, starting pitching should be the strength of Butch Thompson’s second team. Leading the pack will be Keegan Thompson, who returns from elbow surgery after missing the 2016 season. The 2014 freshman All-American has a career record of 12–6 and a 2.49 ERA. He will be the starter for the Tigers’ 2:00 p.m. CT opening game today against George Washington that will be broadcast on SECN+.

Keegan will be joined by sophomore Casey Mize, the 2016 team leader in strikeouts with 59 K’s in 69 innings. Mize will follow Thompson in the rotation and will be joined by senior Gabe Klobosits

There will also be a new start for the team as the roster lists 20 new players. Thompson should have plenty of time to evaluate his talent as Auburn will play its first 22 games at home, including the SEC opener against Florida a month from today.

“We just need to attack this weekend,” said coach Thompson. “Let the chips fall where they may. Give everybody an opportunity to participate. Show us where they’re at.”

Why not come out to see for yourself what the new guys look like. There’s a lot of room for optimism. After all that’s what baseball does. It reminds us of  new beginnings, new birth, and a chance to start over.

Look forward to seeing you at Plainsman Park.

5 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Good article. As always I'm excited about the start of the season. Planning on attending Sundays' game.

  2. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    So, a 9-0 win to start the season isn’t exactly a bad thing. But, who knew that a ball hit to third that then bounces into the 3rd baseman’s shirt would be ruled an error. Kinda robs the hitter but what a weird play that one was!

    WAR EAGLE!!

  3. Im4Auburn says:

    Keegan Thompson was magnificent today pitching a 4 hit shutout. Proud to see him have a successful return to the mound.

  4. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    Wow, in the picture above, Butch Thompson looks exactly like Gil Grissom in CSI.

  5. digger4au digger4au says:

    Spring games have started and both the baseball team and the softball team won their opening games. Great start!

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