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Auburn Advances in SEC Tournament

Wade Rackley / Auburn Athletics

Day one certainly didn’t come easy for an Auburn team that has struggled mightily in the month of May, but they live to see another day in the SEC Tournament following a 5–4 win over Ole Miss in the first round. 

The Rebels took an early 2–0 lead before the Tigers broke it open in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from an RBI double by Will Holland and an RBI triple from Jonah Todd. Auburn then allowed an unearned run in the top of the sixth to tie things back up at 3–3.

But with a full count in the bottom of the sixth, Blake Logan smacked one over the fence in left to take the lead that Auburn would then hold for the rest of the game.

Keegan Thompson struggled a bit on the mound early in the game, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk through just three innings of work. 

Casey Mize came into the game in the fourth inning to relieve Thompson and delivered six innings of work to earn the win. Mize’s commanding performance was crucial for a pitching staff that will need plenty of rested arms for the remainder of this week’s tournament.

The win was an important one as the Tigers have now seemingly locked up a spot in an NCAA regional game next week.

Next up for Auburn is a matchup against No. 1 seed Florida. It will be the final game played on Wednesday night.


  1. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    It’s great to see Casey Mize back. The fact that he was unable to play three of the lat four weekends is a big reason that Auburn fell from the top to the middle of the league. Having him back is the good news but having to use him and Keegan Thompson both yesterday, will make it tough to continue in the tournament. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong on that last point.

    Beat the Gators!

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    I was hoping that Mize would be able to return and pitch against Florida but he won't be able to go after throwing 6 innings last night. Hopefully one of the other guys can put on a good performance this evening and send Florida to the loser's bracket. Maybe Davis Daniel can handle them.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Maybe Davis Daniel or Andrew Mitchell.

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        Or … maybe a combination of those two along with Calvin Coker. They combined to get the game 3 series sweep over Florida back in March. Coker pitched 4 shutout innings in relief that day.

        • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

          Thompson has announced that he will start Cole Lipscomb tonight against Florida. Probably his best option with Thompson and Mize unavailable. Cole was 8-2 as a starter in 2015 but has been a reliever this year. So he may have to have some relief himself tonight. Let's hope he goes all the way and notches a big 'W' for the Tigers.