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All Is Not Lost for Auburn Baseball

By on May 8th, 2017 in Baseball, News 10 Comments »
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Auburn players stuck together during a disappointing close series loss to their rival. (photo: Julie Bennett/al.com)

No. 4 Auburn entered this weekend as the first-place team in the league with a chance to win the SEC regular-season baseball championship with a sweep of last place Alabama. However, it was Bama that did the sweeping. The Tide took two one-run games on Saturday, 4–3 and 7–6, and then won a 15-inning slugfest late Sunday night.

While the Auburn offense was hampered by significant injuries that left Luke Jarvis and Daniel Robert unable to play, the Tigers could have won both of Saturday’s contest but for hitting into four double plays and uncharacteristically committing five errors, all of which led to runs.

And it was an error by backup shortstop Will Holland in the top of the 15th that led to the Tide’s winning runs in Sunday’s 6 1/2 hour game.

Seventeen pitchers went to the mound in the game-three marathon. The Tigers performed well enough at the plate, getting 16 hits with 16 walks, but just couldn’t get the needed hit to win it.  Auburn coach Butch Thompson said the loss was on him, and he expects the team to bounce back.  “I told the guys that you need to stay together and keep working hard for us.”

Alabama, losers of nine one-run games this season, was due to finally win one, but to win two and then get the sweep against the first place Tigers is almost unimaginable. Auburn’s chance for that regular season championship may be gone now.

However … all is not lost.

No doubt the losses will hurt the team’s RPI, but the Tigers can still put themselves in a position to host an NCAA Regional with wins this week in Birmingham against UAB, a road series against LSU beginning Thursday, and a series against Ole Miss next weekend at home

While a regular season championship would’ve been nice, college baseball is really about making it to the NCAA Tourney and the College World Series. That goal is still alive. And it starts Thursday in Baton Rouge.

War Eagle!

10 Comments

  1. WarEagleinKC says:

    This team was extremely overrated. Getting swept by one of the worst teams in sec history proved it. Auburn had been overachieving all year, but now is finally starting to play like the real Auburn. When was the last time Auburn made a super regional?

    This season has still been a major improvement from last year, but we should have never been ranked in the top 10, and after the LSU series, I'm not sure we will be in the top 25.

    This men's athletic program seems to have been cursed ever since Chris Davis' fg return. Football has lost 16 games in 3 years since… bball finally had a decent season but still lost in the first round of the sec tourney to the first sec team to lose back to back to back 20 conf games. And baseball continues to be Auburn baseball.

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Very disappointing especially coming against the Tide but …

    I agree all is not lost! If Auburn can just split the last two SEC series they may still host a regional and will definitely play in the NCAA. Biggest thing is getting back their mojo. Getting Jarvis and Robert healthy will go along way towards doing that.

  3. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    This stinks, no other way to describe it! To be No.1 and swept at home by your biggest rival, who is the last place team in the league is just unbelievable. The coaching staff should be embarrassed. Thompson has got to get them to host a regional now to have any redemption for losing like that at home to a lowly bama team!

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I love you ATM but only you can find something good to say after such a bad showing by the Tigers. I was upset then after reading this I thought before the season most would have been happy to know Auburn would be 32-17 at this juncture.

    BTW, why isn't Jay Coulter writing in this space anymore? I’ve asked before. Just hope he’s okay.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      LOL, I plead guilty to being an unabashed homer.

      As regards Jay, he’s fine just on a brief sabbatical due to a heavy work load on his day job. He’ll be back.

  5. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    That was a bad display of baseball last night on Auburn’s home field by both teams. Also, the umpires probably have some explaining to do today. Perhaps they will be suspended from calling any more SEC this season.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I agree Randy but don't expect the league to do anything. They historically look the other way when the refs/umps blow it.

      No better case in point than when SEC coordinator of officials, Steve Shaw provided cover for the terrible missed targeting call in 2015 on TAMU's Ricky Seals when he cheap shotted Jeremiah Dinson dislocating his right knee, tearing three of four ligaments in the knee, dislocated his shoulder and put him out of action for a year and a half while he tried to recover.

  6. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Really stinks that the one series that even fair weather fans tuned in for ended up like that. I’m definitely in that category.

  7. Tigerpharm says:

    As bad as it feels to lose to the elephants, this does not change the awesome job Butch Thompson has done in less that 2 years.

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